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agility

[uh-jil-i-tee] /əˈdʒɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the power of moving quickly and easily; nimbleness:
exercises demanding agility.
2.
the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly; intellectual acuity.
Origin of agility
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English agilite < Middle French < Latin agilitās. See agile, -ity
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  • With the agility of woman, her mind jumped ahead to those little dinner-parties.

    Married Life May Edginton
  • Then, in a second, with an agility absolutely staggering, he was on his feet.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • On this the men reluctantly gave him a trial, and he went up the tree with wonderful strength and agility, but evident caution.

    Hard Cash Charles Reade
  • If proof of this lightness and agility be needed, here is a fact in illustration.

    The Sportsman Xenophon
  • Yet there was a marvellous cat-like lightness and agility about all his movements.

    A Stable for Nightmares J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Word Origin and History for agility
n.

early 15c., from Old French agilité (14c.), from Latin agilitatem (nominative agilitas) "mobility, nimbleness, quickness," from agilis, from agere "to move" (see act (n.)).

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