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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Rounding out the company’s capabilities, Ithaca launched Raised in Space, an investment fund focused on the intersection of music and technology led by former BMG President Zach Katz. Ed Christman, Billboard, "Scooter Braun Acquires Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group, Taylor Swift Catalog For Over $300 Million," 30 June 2019 Amala Duggirala, the enterprise chief information officer, will now serve as the head of operations and technology, focusing on Regions’ technology capabilities and operations. William Thornton |,, "Regions announces three executive appointments," 27 June 2019 Shooting down the drone sends a message about Iran’s capabilities. The Economist, "Donald Trump orders air strikes on Iran—then cancels them," 21 June 2019 Intensive socialization across class, education and other divisions were as important as traditional public health measures such as scale-up of local technical capabilities and independent monitoring. Shobana Shankar, Quartz Africa, "What the United States could learn from Nigeria about taking on anti-vaxxers," 7 June 2019 Regardless of selected options, every 2020 model features a 10.0-inch TouchPro infotainment system with AppleCarPlay and Android Auto capability and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "The 2020 Land Rover Discovery Sport Adds Style and a Hybrid Model," 21 May 2019 This mirror may look old school Hollywood, but its bluetooth speaker capabilities and touchscreen-adjustable dimming lightbulbs say otherwise. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "9 Vanity Mirrors With Lights to Buy on Amazon if You're Leo Who Loves Looking at Yourself," 8 Aug. 2018 The death of a pedestrian by a self-driving Uber vehicle in Arizona last year dented public confidence, and executives have soft-pedaled bold predictions about the capabilities of cars to become completely self-driving., ", a self-driving car startup once worth $200 million, is closing," 25 June 2019 In addition to its extensive proxy forces, Iran has a potent cyber capability that could, in theory, take down networks and harm the American economy. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, "If the U.S. strikes Iran, what might happen next?," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of capability

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capability

see capable

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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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