agil·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈji-lə-tē How to pronounce agility (audio) \
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
Recent Examples on the Web The reality is that cloud computing has created a level playing field for modern businesses, providing equal access to agility, scalability and even security. Harish Dwarkanhali, Forbes, 14 Oct. 2021 McCarthy has all the quality assets found in goal: agility, composure, communication and command of the penalty area. Glenn Graham,, 30 Aug. 2021 As many as 500 people try out for the gig each year; of the 195 who made the cut this summer — evaluators are looking for speed, agility, focus, and the ability to camouflage — nearly two-thirds are veterans like Villareal. Jane Starr Drinkard, Curbed, 28 Aug. 2021 Mindfulness can boost your mental agility, self-awareness and resilience. Yolanda Lau, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021 Andrew Whitworth had not shown his agility by recovering a Higbee fumble early in the scoring drive. Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2021 Squirrels possess the incredible ability to judge an obstacle with their own agility in mind. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 26 Sep. 2021 In his first game, Chase put on display his agility at the line of scrimmage, his ability to fight for extra yards and his chemistry with quarterback Joe Burrow. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 16 Sep. 2021 As a bonus, Nance has experience defending centers and with his agility and improving shooting ability could prove a difficult matchup at the other end. oregonlive, 28 Aug. 2021

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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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20 Oct 2021

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“Agility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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agil·​i·​ty | \ ə-ˈji-lə-tē How to pronounce agility (audio) \

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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