ca·​pa·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌkā-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce capability (audio) \
plural capabilities

Definition of capability

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

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Examples of capability in a Sentence

The device has the capability of recording two television channels at once. the nature of the tasks to which you are assigned will depend on your capabilities

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Based in Farmington, Conn., UTC two years ago launched a 67,000-square-foot digital accelerator in Brooklyn, N.Y., where employees are tasked with scaling its digital and data analytics capabilities. Angus Loten, WSJ, "New York, Beijing Chip Away at Silicon Valley," 5 Mar. 2019 Despite its heavy-lifting capabilities, the formula feels light and blends into my skin in a way that looks completely natural. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "13 Products That Make It Look Like I Got 8 Hours of Sleep When I Simply Did Not," 5 Mar. 2019 Small, lightweight trailers are also seeing a resurgence thanks to their easy towing capabilities and compact luxuries. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Tiny camper trailer can be towed by almost any car," 9 Oct. 2018 The Navy, however, seems to be moving quickly toward autonomous systems and recently released a road map for integrating their capabilities into operations. Samantha Masunaga,, "Boeing's robot submarine is back roaming off the California coast," 23 June 2018 The ever-growing decision-making capabilities of machines can seem a dark subject, but there was no feel of doomsday as guests made their way to the after-party at Dumbo’s 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "A No-Show: Rag & Bone Unveils its New Collection With a Futuristic Dinner," 9 Feb. 2019 On Tuesday, Nvidia fulfilled its CES promises by releasing GeForce driver 417.71, which lets GeForce graphics cards tap into the Adaptive Sync capabilities of AMD FreeSync monitors for buttery-smooth, tearing-free gaming. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia driver unlocks FreeSync monitor support for GeForce graphics cards," 15 Jan. 2019 During that flight, the Falcon Heavy demonstrated the capability to send payloads directly to geostationary orbit by firing its second stage after a six-hour coast. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX nabs another contract, Vector cashes in, Vulcan delay," 26 Oct. 2018 Sirius and his handler, Officer Shawn Diedrich, demonstrated the camera's capabilities during a special presentation June 7. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Muskego police implement unique body cam for its K9, thanks to efforts of local group," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of capability

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capability

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The first known use of capability was in 1587

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English Language Learners Definition of capability

: the ability to do something


ca·​pa·​bil·​i·​ty | \ ˌkā-pə-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce capability (audio) \
plural capabilities

Kids Definition of capability

: ability sense 1 That job is beyond my capability.

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