immobile

[ ih-moh-buh l, -beel ]
/ ɪˈmoʊ bəl, -bil /

adjective

incapable of moving or being moved.
not mobile or moving; motionless.

Nearby words

  1. immiserize,
  2. immitigable,
  3. immittance,
  4. immix,
  5. immixture,
  6. immobilism,
  7. immobility,
  8. immobilization,
  9. immobilize,
  10. immobilizer

Origin of immobile

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word immōbilis. See im-2, mobile

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British Dictionary definitions for immobile

immobile

/ (ɪˈməʊbaɪl) /

adjective

not moving; motionless
not able to move or be moved; fixed
Derived Formsimmobility (ˌɪməʊˈbɪlɪtɪ), noun

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Word Origin and History for immobile

immobile

adj.

mid-14c., from Old French immoble "immovable, fixed, motionless," from Latin immobilis "immovable" (also, figuratively, "hard-hearted"), from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + mobilis (see mobile (adj.)). Hence, immobilism "policy of extreme conservatism" (1949, from French immobilisme).

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Medicine definitions for immobile

immobile

[ ĭ-mōbəl, -bēl′, -bīl′ ]

adj.

Immovable; fixed.
Not moving; motionless.
Related formsim′mo•bili•ty (-bĭl-ĭ-tē) n.


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