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noun abil·i·ty \ə-ˈbi-lə-tē\

Simple Definition of ability

  • : the power or skill to do something

Full Definition of ability

plural abil·i·ties

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of being able <ability of soil to hold water>; especially :  physical, mental, or legal power to perform b :  competence in doing :  skill

  2. 2 :  natural aptitude or acquired proficiency <students with different abilities>

Examples of ability

  1. a young woman with many remarkable musical abilities

  2. a young woman of great musical ability

  3. She has shown some ability with foreign languages.



Origin of ability

Middle English abilite, from Anglo-French, from Latin habilitat-, habilitas, from habilis apt, skillful — more at able


First Known Use: 14th century


-ability

noun suffix abil·i·ty

Simple Definition of -ability

  • : ability, fitness, or likeliness to act or be acted on in (such) a way

Full Definition of -ability

  1. :  capacity, fitness, or tendency to act or be acted on in a (specified) way <agglutinability>

Variants of -ability

also -ibility

Origin of -ability

Middle English -abilite, -ibilite, from Anglo-French -abilité, -ibilité, from Latin -abilitas, -ibilitas, from -abilis, -ibilis -able + -tas -ty




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