us·​abil·​i·​ty ˌyü-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce usability (audio)
: 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 The challenge was to stretch the top end of performance for the 750S without losing any of the comfort and everyday usability. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 13 Apr. 2024 According to Samsung’s South Korean community support forum, the update includes camera optimizations for both image quality and usability, along with improved software stability. Paul Monckton, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 McDuffie revealed at a January hearing that, following months of complaints related to the platform’s interface, odds and usability, GambetDC had brought the city just over $4.3 million since launching in 2020 — a far cry from the $84 million lawmakers had expected. Michael Brice-Saddler, Washington Post, 20 Mar. 2024 As far as the length of the handle, this should be driven by the person’s height to prevent back strain and increase usability. Carrie Honaker, Southern Living, 26 Jan. 2024 The couple has continued working on the design, with Jordan tweaking it and Carmela testing it out for day-to-day usability. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 19 Mar. 2024 Tommee Tippee Microwave Steam Sterilizer: The sturdiness of this sterilizer impacted its usability, with the lid latches difficult to remove. Samson McDougall, Parents, 5 Mar. 2024 The Current State Of UI/UX Today, a traditional approach to UI/UX is marked by considerable investments in usability research and the development of various interface elements to improve the overall user experience and make the user interface intuitive. Ilya Gandzeichuk, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Best Ergonomic Keyboard for Work From Home Lenovo Go Wireless Split Keyboard This wireless keyboard really splits the difference between ergonomics and usability. Kyle Barr / Gizmodo, Quartz, 27 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of usability was in 1842

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“Usability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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