[ moh-bil-i-tee ]
/ moʊˈbɪl ɪ ti /


the quality of being mobile.
Sociology. the movement of people in a population, as from place to place, from job to job, or from one social class or level to another.

Nearby words

  1. mobile phone,
  2. mobile unit,
  3. mobile web,
  4. mobilisation,
  5. mobilise,
  6. mobility housing,
  7. mobilization,
  8. mobilize,
  9. mobius,
  10. mobius strip

Origin of mobility

1375–1425; late Middle English mobilite < Latin mōbilitās. See mobile, -ity

Related formsin·ter·mo·bil·i·ty, nounnon·mo·bil·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for mobility


/ (məʊˈbɪlɪtɪ) /


the ability to move physicallya knee operation has restricted his mobility; mobility is part of physical education
sociol (of individuals or social groups) movement within or between classes and occupationsSee also vertical mobility, horizontal mobility
time that a resident of a secure unit is allowed to spend outside the unit, as preparation for an eventual return to society
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Word Origin and History for mobility



early 15c., "capacity for motion," from Old French mobilité "changeableness, inconsistency, fickleness," from Latin mobilitatem (nominative mobilitas) "activity, speed," figuratively "changeableness, fickleness, inconstancy," from mobilis (see mobile (adj.)). Socio-economics sense is from 1900 and writers in sociology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper