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  • n. Plural form of ility.


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  • But De Gay knows from experience that soldiers will leave new gadgets behind if they don't help with the "ilities," military parlance for survivability, mobility and lethality.

    Frontlines: Greetings From Natick, Mass.

  • SOA promises many "- ilities": greater agility, flexibility, and reusability.


  • "ilities" and systemic qualities come to mind such as security, and that's before looking at any detailed breakdown of functional services.

    Sun Bloggers

  • Most involved what insiders called the “ilities”—reliability, availability, maintainability—measures of how hard it would be for the Marines to keep the Osprey ready to fly in the field.

    The Dream Machine

  • It had exceeded all but one of its goals for the “ilities”—reliability, maintainability, availability.

    The Dream Machine

  • Oh, and BTW, affordability and safety and all those ilities are just guidance.

    Response to Griffin Transition Team Comments - NASA Watch

  • In tottering buildings, without sanitary fac - ilities, ventilation or privacy, half a million people, half the population of the richest and largest city in the country, lived neglected in a squalor that Reed would have found unimaginable a few years earlier, and which he could now believe only because he actually saw it.

    Manuscript Draft: Walter Reed: Doctor in Uniform, by Laura Wood, [19 -- ]

  • I know what I would do if I were both poor and genteel -- the gentility should go to the place of all good ilities, including utility, respectability, and imbecility, and I would sit, quite frankly poor, with a piece of bread, and a pot of geraniums, and a book.

    The Solitary Summer

  • 'What's the man after?' said Mr. Sheepshanks to himself, when he heard of his successor's affability, and sociability, and amiability, and a variety of other agreeable 'ilities,' from the friends whom the old steward still retained at Hollingford.

    Wives and Daughters

  • If running there implies some restrictions or provides some ilities that appeal to some, so much the better.

    Planet Apache


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