usability

noun us·abil·i·ty \ ˌyü-zə-ˈbi-lə-tē \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

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

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1842

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