agil·i·ty | \ə-ˈji-lə-tē \
plural agilities

Definition of agility 

: the quality or state of being agile : nimbleness, dexterity played with increasing agility

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Examples of agility in a Sentence

a gymnast whose agility on the parallel bars has won him several medals

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Eichenberg has the agility, confidence and maturity to handle the position after only playing in five games last season as a reserve. Laken Litman, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: 5 players who will impact Notre Dame football's 2018 season," 10 July 2018 Sure, you’ll be impressed and sometimes dazzled by the agility and dexterity of Cirque’s international cast of acrobats and aerialists, by the movement of bodies through space at impossible speeds and angles that adds up to a kind of airborne dance. Don Aucoin,, "A Cirque du Soleil show that’s as interested in ‘Ahh’ as ‘Wow’," 29 June 2018 Though the disease has limited her speech, vision and agility, it's done nothing to reduce her passion for the outdoors. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Michigan fishery takes on a special shine for annual USSA outing," 23 June 2018 Aaron Gordon and Jonathan Isaac have the agility and foot speed to switch onto opposing guards when necessary. Josh Robbins,, "Magic Mailbag: What should Orlando do in the 2018 NBA Draft?," 20 June 2018 Despite the blowout loss to Switzerland, Murray and the team have done a solid job with a difficult situation, showing the agility to adjust and accommodate last-minute orders to create a unified team. Jerry Brewer, The Seattle Times, "There’s peace in the air at the Pyeongchang Olympics, but something doesn’t smell right," 10 Feb. 2018 This logic surfaced amidst the litany of tweets praising Okoumou for what seemed like not-of-Earth physical agility and a fearlessness that set her apart from other people. Jenn M. Jackson, Teen Vogue, "Black Women Are Not Your Superheroes," 9 July 2018 With his power, quickness, either-hand agility and feathery touch, Cousins scores at will down low. Bruce Jenkins,, "DeMarcus Cousins and the Warriors: A temporary, fascinating spectacle," 3 July 2018 College standouts run the 40-yard dash, bench press 225 pounds, and get tested for agility. Scott Kirsner,, "How to keep young people with great ideas from leaving Boston," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of agility

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agility

Middle English agilite, borrowed from Anglo-French agilitee, borrowed from Latin agilitāt-, agilitās, from agilis agile + -itāt-, -itās -ity

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agil·i·ty | \ə-ˈji-lə-tē \

Kids Definition of agility

: the ability to move quickly and easily She moved with great agility for such an old woman.— Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

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