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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Carmen, played by Britney Young, quickly becomes a respected member of the GLOW crew because of her physical agility and knowledge of wrestling. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "10 Body Positive Shows to Watch," 5 Sep. 2018 Much of this greater simplicity in setup and configuration is due to WireGuard's deliberate, principled rejection of cryptographic agility. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "WireGuard VPN review: A new type of VPN offers serious advantages," 26 Aug. 2018 The idea of agility was to focus on small, innovative and multi-disciplinary teams. The Economist, "The fashion for agile management is spreading," 5 July 2018 That sort of tactical agility has been a propulsive force in Capela’s development. Rob Mahoney,, "Breakaway: Clint Capela Stakes His Claim," 18 May 2018 For the chassis, that means highly stiffened joints between structures and optimized cross sections for better stability, comfort, and agility (to the degree that a seven-passenger SUV can be agile). Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Safety first, last, and always: The Subaru Ascent, reviewed," 25 Oct. 2018 Getting a plan from a think tank and into the real world requires cunning, legislative agility, political acumen and courage. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump's favorite county," 3 Aug. 2018 Buffalo was the site of the NHL’s draft combine, where players’ fitness, speed, agility, strength and wingspan are measured. Helene Elliott,, "Top NHL draft prospect Rasmus Dahlin enjoys visit to Stanley Cup Final," 4 June 2018 The 19-year-old Mbappe has been the biggest sensation at the tournament in Russia, scoring three goals — including two against Argentina in the round of 16 — and creating havoc for opposing defenses with his pace and his agility. Graham Dunbar,, "Mbappe's France face Croatia's Modric for the World Cup title," 14 July 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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