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mobility

[moh-bil-i-tee] /moʊˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality of being mobile.
2.
Sociology. the movement of people in a population, as from place to place, from job to job, or from one social class or level to another.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English mobilite < Latin mōbilitās. See mobile, -ity
Related forms
intermobility, noun
nonmobility, noun
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  • Easy consumer credit and a belief in social mobility have reduced the clamor for redistribution.
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  • But true social mobility and broadly shared prosperity are not so easily achieved.
  • Heavy scarring on the limbs could cause limit his mobility.
  • Sometimes, getting there can mean trading protection for mobility.
  • Historically, it specialized in teaching students who were confined to wheelchairs or with other mobility problems.
  • More equipment may not help the photo, but it will hinder your mobility and your work.
  • Multi-sized canister adapters means you can hook up a small propane tank for extra mobility.
British Dictionary definitions for mobility

mobility

/məʊˈbɪlɪtɪ/
noun
1.
the ability to move physically: a knee operation has restricted his mobility, mobility is part of physical education
2.
(sociol) (of individuals or social groups) movement within or between classes and occupations See also vertical mobility, horizontal mobility
3.
time that a resident of a secure unit is allowed to spend outside the unit, as preparation for an eventual return to society
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Word Origin and History for mobility
n.

early 15c., "capacity for motion," from Old French mobilité "changeableness, inconsistency, fickleness," from Latin mobilitatem (nominative mobilitas) "activity, speed," figuratively "changeableness, fickleness, inconstancy," from mobilis (see mobile (adj.)). Socio-economics sense is from 1900 and writers in sociology.

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