usability

noun
us·​abil·​i·​ty | \ˌyü-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of usability 

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: the quality or state of being usable : ease of use When netbooks arrived a couple of years ago, they were so tiny, only spider monkeys would find them usable. But as they've inched up in size and usability, their sales have taken off.— David Pogue One of the other great problems of computer software is preoccupation with bells and whistles, rather than usability. Even software that began as easily usable can evolve over time into something so burdened with complicated (and trivial) features that it is a challenge to figure out how to do the simplest thing.— Thomas Sowell

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This new incarnation of Material Design separates fundamental usability and understandability concerns from the individual styling of elements. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android 9 Pie, thoroughly reviewed," 13 Sep. 2018 The company was still tinkering with the layout and usability of Google+ as of 2017, but today, most user profiles sit as empty pages that come with your standard Google account for the company’s other services. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Google turns 20: how an internet search engine reshaped the world," 5 Sep. 2018 The Kona offers superior performance, greater everyday usability, and more features for the money. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 27 June 2018 The Kona offers superior performance, greater everyday usability, and more features for the money. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 27 June 2018 The Kona offers superior performance, greater everyday usability, and more features for the money. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 27 June 2018 The Kona offers superior performance, greater everyday usability, and more features for the money. Washington Post, "Edmunds compares Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 27 June 2018 The Kona offers superior performance, greater everyday usability, and more features for the money. Mark Takahashi, Edmunds, USA TODAY, "Edmunds compares subcompact crossover SUVs Hyundai Kona and Ford EcoSport," 29 June 2018 This Suunto smartwatch is a beautiful blend of fitness functionality and everyday usability. Emily Reed, Outside Online, "My Do-Everything Summer Wardrobe," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of usability

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1842, in the meaning defined above

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