por·​ta·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌpȯr-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce portability (audio) \
plural portabilities

Definition of portability

1 : the quality or state of being portable
2 : the transferability of a worker's benefits from one pension fund to another when the worker changes jobs

Examples of portability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The other is actual portability—giving viewers the opportunity to move the TV set experience to mobile and desktop. Alan Wolk, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 In other words, this laptop is perfect for those that care about the numbers, but don’t want to sacrifice portability. Maren Estrada, BGR, 30 Aug. 2021 And when not in use, the earphones and cables fit in a compact case that’s ideal for portability. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 17 Aug. 2021 The stainless-steel design weighs about 24 pounds and includes foldable legs for easy portability. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 July 2021 The ThinkPad X1 Nano delivers extreme portability without taking a hit on battery life or performance. Brooke Crothers, Forbes, 29 May 2021 The aluminum casing is water-resistant and durable, and the handle allows easy portability. Jeremy Helligar, Popular Science, 12 Jan. 2021 Ownership of plan provides portability and eliminates the pre-existing condition dilemma. WSJ, 10 Dec. 2020 The float is designed for travelers to easily pack it right into their suitcases, and shoppers speak highly about its portability. Carly Totten, Travel + Leisure, 27 July 2021

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First Known Use of portability

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Sep 2021

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“Portability.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/portability. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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