mobility

noun mo·bil·i·ty \ mō-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of mobility

1 : the quality or state of being mobile or movable
  • … its efforts were supported by the cavalry which … compensated for the infantry's lack of mobility.
  • —R. M. Ogorkiewicz
  • …it becomes cost-effective and socially advantageous to provide urban mobility by means of metros: urban rail mass transit systems on exclusive rights-of-way.
  • —Michael A Niedzielski et al.
: ability or capacity to move
  • … the physical challenges of vision loss, hearing loss, and reduced mobility.
  • —Vicki Bloom and Benjamin B. Green-Field
  • When large doses of steroids restored mobility, they also created irritability, insatiable appetite, and facial hair …
  • —Whitney Scott
2 : the ability to change one's social or socioeconomic position in a community and especially to improve it
  • A large body of academic research shows that inequality and lack of social mobility hurt not just those at the bottom; they hurt everyone.
  • —Rana Foroohar
  • The mythology of the American Dream has made it difficult to start a serious conversation about how to create more opportunity in our society, since many of us still believe that our mobility is the result of our elbow grease and nothing more.
  • —Rana Foroohar
— see also upward mobility

First Known Use of mobility

15th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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