capability

noun ca·pa·bil·i·ty \ ˌkā-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of capability

plural capabilities
1 :the quality or state of being capable; also :ability
  • The mayor has demonstrated his capability to handle municipal problems.
2 :a feature or faculty capable of development :potentiality
  • This vacant urban district has great capabilities.
3 :the facility or potential for an indicated use or deployment
  • the capability of a metal to be fused
  • nuclear capability

Examples of capability in a Sentence

  1. The device has the capability of recording two television channels at once.

  2. the nature of the tasks to which you are assigned will depend on your capabilities

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Origin and Etymology of capability



CAPABILITY Defined for English Language Learners

capability

noun

Definition of capability for English Language Learners

  • : the ability to do something


CAPABILITY Defined for Kids

capability

noun ca·pa·bil·i·ty \ ˌkā-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē \

Definition of capability for Students

plural capabilities
:ability 1
  • That job is beyond my capability.


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