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faculty

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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

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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

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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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The first known use of faculty was in the 14th century

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“Faculty.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/faculty. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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