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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Agilité, -itie, n. Also: agilitee, -yte; agelite. [ME. agylyte, agilite (1380), OF. agilité (14th c.), L. agilitas.]

1. Quickness of intellect; cleverness, skill.1456 Hay II. 23/22 (faith, esperaunce, subtilitee, agilitee). a1500 Henr. Orph. 55 (profound wit and gret agilite). 1513 Doug. ix. Prol. 2 (agilyte of worthy clerkis). c1500-c1512 Dunb. xxviii. 11 (be craft and grit agilitie).

2. Nimbleness; agility.a1499 Contempl. Sinn. 1437 (our glorifyet body sall haue agilite). a1508 Kennedy Pass. Christ 1565 (Christ enterit in be gret agelite). c1552 Lynd. Mon. 6162 (thai sall haif sic agilitie).

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