immobility

[im-oh-bil-i-tee]
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Origin of immobility

First recorded in 1375–1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word immōbilitās. See im-2, mobility
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Examples from the Web for immobility

Contemporary Examples of immobility

  • As the skills gap between top and bottom widens, immobility should harden more.

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    Two Midsummer Fears

    David Frum

    July 27, 2012

Historical Examples of immobility

  • Garson relaxed his immobility, and a little color crept into his cheeks.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He listened in a stillness of dread which resembled the immobility of profound attention.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • And after the striking of the blow, this respectability was continued in immobility and silence.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • Her cheeks were blanched, her lips ashy, her immobility amazing.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • They strained to catch some interruption of the silence and immobility of nature.

    White Fang

    Jack London


Word Origin and History for immobility
n.

early 15c., from Middle French immobilité (14c.) or directly from Latin immobilitatem (nominative immobilitas), noun of quality from immobilis (see immobile).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper