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

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
Recent Examples on the Web The impact is significant: Leadership requires more skills, capability, finesse, nuance, judgement and art today. Tracy Brower, Forbes, 22 May 2022 In the first step, projects will be scored based on total impact, applicant capability, proposal feasibility, project readiness and cost, which is expected to be completed July 29. Lucas Daprile, cleveland, 12 May 2022 Not just his running capability, but his maturity to learn and understand the work ethic. oregonlive, 11 May 2022 Its corporate capability as far as sponsorship dollars was too limited. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 That means the soft, all-day wearability and stain-resistance of cotton with the lightweight, quick-wicking (i.e., fast-drying) capability of polyester. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 6 May 2022 Top concerns centered on capability and functionality, the dearth of charging stations, and potential maintenance costs. Jacob Carpenter, Fortune, 27 Apr. 2022 This capability, which is said to be unique to the U-Boat Worx fleet, allows the vessels to maneuver in any direction with ease. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 22 Apr. 2022 To be successful for the long haul, resale companies need to have a strong strategy that differentiates its brand, operational and logistical capability, and marketing in place, Ceci tells Glamour. Leah Bourne, Glamour, 18 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Capability.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2022.

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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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