adjective /ˈməʊtaɪl/
a) having the power to move spontaneously

, 1993: It seemed to him that, if there were a Holy Trinity as the churches taught, this must be unified through a manner of capillary action, Father merging into Son and both into Holy Ghost. So God is motile as the blood is. — Anthony Burgess, A Dead Man in Deptford

b) of, or related to those mental images that arise from the sensations of bodily movement and position

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