por·ta·bil·i·ty | \ ˌpȯr-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
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

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Data portability: Social media platforms have resisted making users’ profiles and preferences interoperable across platforms. Tarleton Gillespie, WIRED, "How Social Networks Set the Limits of What We Can Say Online," 26 June 2018 Besides portability, the violin has another unique quality: Its design originated in 16th century Italy, where it was created to emulate the range of a female soprano voice. CBS News, "Violins of Hope," 6 Dec. 2015 However, portability will only be permitted for a few more months. Michelle Baruchman, The Seattle Times, "Portability in parking? Yes, but not for long under new format," 25 June 2018 The compact has 23 objectives that seek to boost cooperation to manage migration and numerous actions ranging from technical issues like the portability of earnings by migrant workers to reducing the detention of migrants. Fox News, "Over 190 countries agree on global compact on safe migration," 13 July 2018 What’s new is its ubiquity, portability, and the duration of time spent on the game. Alex Salkever, Fortune, "Fortnite Is Poised to Rule the Summer. Are Parents Prepared?," 5 July 2018 Dell’s latest 15-inch XPS 2-in-1 is a high-end laptop that appeals to creative users: people who need power and portability, and might also appreciate a touchscreen and a stylus. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 review: jack of all trades," 2 July 2018 No Windows computer combines portability and functionality quite like Microsoft Corp.’s Surface Pro, the tablet/laptop hybrid that inspired so many competitors. David Pierce, WSJ, "The Best Windows Laptop $1,000(ish) Can Buy," 27 Mar. 2018 Our main driver in choosing this AC wasn't portability. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "I Bought a Portable Air Conditioner. Should You?," 21 July 2017

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1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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