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immobility

[im-oh-bil-i-tee] /ˌɪm oʊˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being immobile or irremovable.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English < Late Latin immōbilitās. See im-2, mobility
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  • It used local mortgage-default and foreclosure figures to estimate geographical immobility.
  • Negative equity exacerbates immobility because people are reluctant to move if it means selling at a loss.
  • Their songs return again and again to a specific brand of immobility-the unchanging face that conceals a roiling heart.
  • In its sculptural immobility, it appears as likely to be the face of a corpse as of a living being.
  • Researchers already know that antidepressants increase active swimming and decrease immobility.
  • Her body had wasted away and stiffened to immobility.
  • Long-term immobility can cause serious complications.
  • In some cases, the pain is severe enough to cause immobility.
  • And opponents are likely to exploit his immobility by frequently bunting in his direction.
  • Cold weather and immobility may increase the risk for urine retention.
Word Origin and History for immobility
n.

early 15c., from Middle French immobilité (14c.) or directly from Latin immobilitatem (nominative immobilitas), noun of quality from immobilis (see immobile).

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