us·​abil·​i·​ty | \ ˌyü-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce usability (audio) \

Definition of usability

: 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

Examples of usability in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Beyond image quality, productivity performance, price, and durability, features that boost usability of the new design (like Asus' detachable physical keyboard) will be key differentiators for enthusiasts. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 20 Apr. 2022 At-home testing checks for general improvement to freshness, as well as overall usability. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 21 June 2022 Our hands-on testing focused on usability, including how easily hoses connected to the spigot and nozzle. Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 18 Apr. 2022 The other side is accessibility, which not only offers lessons in usability but also gives something like the iPhone 13 richer and fuller context that extends beyond the cold, hard data that the aforementioned standard fare of tests provides. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 When envisioning the interior, Lee and the team were aware of both the interest in newer tech and the usability of it. Matthew Askari, Car and Driver, 28 June 2022 This will range from the efficacy of the planning data and tools to the stability and volatility of the data over time, as well as its usability within the buying process with Strata/Freewheel. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 23 June 2022 On the usability front, the pandemic caused a wave of digital literacy as people from all generations adapted to life in a remote world. Shafin Tejani, Forbes, 7 June 2022 This leap in usability turned the Internet from an academic curiosity into the dominant media and communication infrastructure of our time. Ethan Zuckerman, The New York Review of Books, 25 May 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'usability.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of usability

1842, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About usability

Time Traveler for usability

Time Traveler

The first known use of usability was in 1842

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near usability




Statistics for usability

Last Updated

9 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Usability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on usability

Nglish: Translation of usability for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of usability for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!