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faculty

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Synonyms and Antonyms of faculty

  1. 1 a natural ability of the mind or body although they are well into their 80s, the mental faculties of this couple are as sharp as ever Synonyms of faculty powerWords Related to faculty function; capability, capacity; aptitude, endowment, flair, genius, gift, instinct, knack, talentNear Antonyms of faculty inability, incapability, incapacity; inaptitude, inaptness, ineptness

  2. 2 a special and usually inborn ability even when he was still at a young age, John Singleton Copley's artistic faculties were readily recognizable Synonyms of faculty aptitude, bent, endowment, talent, flair, genius, gift, head, knackWords Related to faculty affinity, bias, disposition, habitude, impulse, inclination, leaning, partiality, penchant, predilection, predisposition, proclivity, propensity, tendency, turn; ear, eye, mind, nose; feel, hang, instinct, touch, way; capability, competence, facility, proficiency, skill; capacity, potential, power; forte, specialism, speciality, specialtyNear Antonyms of faculty disability, handicap, inability, incapacity; shortcoming, weakness

  3. 3 the physical or mental power to do something the belief that if someone loses their sight, all of their other physical faculties are heightened Synonyms of faculty capability, capableness, capacity, competence, competency, abilityWords Related to faculty aptitude, aptness, endowment, equipment, facility, gift, knack, talent; address, adroitness, deftness, dexterity, hand, prowess, skill; gray matter, instinct, intelligence, ken, reason, understanding; might, potency, puissance, staying power, stuff; adequacy, effectiveness, effectualness, fitness, form, influence, resourcefulness, usefulness; means, resources, wherewithalNear Antonyms of faculty helplessness, impotence, paralysis, powerlessness, weakness; defectiveness, deficiency, inadequacy, inadequateness, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, inefficaciousness, inefficacy, uselessness; debilitation, disablement, impairment, incapacitationAntonyms of faculty disability, inability, incapability, incapableness, incapacity, incompetence, incompetency, ineptitude, ineptness

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

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