faculty

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noun fac·ul·ty \ˈfa-kəl-tē\

Definition of faculty

plural

faculties

  1. 1 :  ability, power: such asa :  innate or acquired ability to act or do man … how infinite in faculty — William Shakespeareb :  an inherent capability, power, or function the faculty of hearingc :  any of the powers of the mind (such as will, reason, or instinct) formerly held by psychologists to form a basis for the explanation of all mental phenomenad :  natural aptitude has a faculty for saying the right things

  2. 2a :  a branch of teaching or learning (such as law, medicine, or liberal arts) in an educational institutionb archaic :  something in which one is trained or qualified

  3. 3a :  the members of a professionb :  the teaching and administrative staff and those members of the administration having academic rank in an educational institution an excellent mathematics facultyc faculty plural :  faculty members many faculty were present

  4. 4 :  power, authority, or prerogative given or conferred The state has the faculty to define treason.

Examples of faculty in a sentence

  1. She's a member of the Harvard faculty.

  2. The school hired more faculty.

  3. a meeting with students and faculty

  4. She has a faculty for making friends.

  5. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Origin and Etymology of faculty

Middle English faculte, from Anglo-French faculté, from Medieval Latin & Latin; Medieval Latin facultat-, facultas branch of learning or teaching, from Latin, ability, abundance, from facilis facile


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of faculty

gift, faculty, aptitude, bent, talent, genius, knack mean a special ability for doing something. gift often implies special favor by God or nature. the gift of singing beautifully faculty applies to an innate or less often acquired ability for a particular accomplishment or function. a faculty for remembering names aptitude implies a natural liking for some activity and the likelihood of success in it. a mechanical aptitude bent is nearly equal to aptitude but it stresses inclination perhaps more than specific ability. a family with an artistic bent talent suggests a marked natural ability that needs to be developed. has enough talent to succeed genius suggests impressive inborn creative ability. has no great genius for poetry knack implies a comparatively minor but special ability making for ease and dexterity in performance. the knack of getting along


FACULTY Defined for English Language Learners

faculty

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noun fac·ul·ty \ˈfa-kəl-tē\

Definition of faculty for English Language Learners

  • : the group of teachers in a school or college

  • faculty : faculty members or teachers

  • : one of the powers of your mind or body


FACULTY Defined for Kids

faculty

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noun fac·ul·ty \ˈfak-əl-tē\

Definition of faculty for Students

plural

faculties

  1. 1 :  ability to do something :  talent He has a faculty for making friends.

  2. 2 :  one of the powers of the mind or body the faculty of hearing

  3. 3 :  the teachers in a school or college


Medical Dictionary

faculty

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noun fac·ul·ty \ˈfak-əl-tē\

Medical Definition of faculty

plural

faculties

  1. 1a:  an inherent capability, power, or function the faculty of hearing digestive facultyb:  one of the powers of the mind formerly held by psychologists to form a basis for the explanation of all mental phenomena

  2. 2a:  the members of a professionb:  the teaching and administrative staff and those members of the administration having academic rank in an educational institution



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