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 The increasing usability of these technologies can provide manufacturers with the means to mine their robust data reserves more efficiently. James Scapa, Forbes, 28 May 2021 The resulting translation doesn’t always come out great, so that could impact usability compared to a human translation. Chris Smith, BGR, 28 May 2021 For instance, an application aiming to assist automobile sales associates with customer information requires workable prototypes to assess usability. Sayandeb Banerjee, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Trustees expressed concerns about the slope of lots, land slippage, the usability of open space, and lack of amenities usually found in PUDs. Sue Kiesewetter, The Enquirer, 21 May 2021 This plan maximizes space usability with an open concept floor plan, accommodating how Southerners entertain in the Lowcountry. Cameron Beall, Southern Living, 19 May 2021 This doesn’t bug me too much, though, as the phone will most likely live in a case, and Asus’ focus is more on one-handed usability rather than flashy aesthetics. Adam Patrick Murray, PCWorld, 12 May 2021 This includes using focus groups and testing for usability. Praduman Jain, Forbes, 12 May 2021 Our evaluations are based on a combination of usability and performance criteria: How easy is the device to set up? Dan Diclerico, Good Housekeeping, 3 May 2021

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First Known Use of usability

1842, in the meaning defined above

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“Usability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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