ability

  • 1 Ability — may be: * aptitude * ability to pay * Intelligence * physical ability * skill * expertiseAbility: The way to do something.Ability may also refer to: * Ability score, in role playing games * Ability Plus Software, makers of the office suite… …

    Wikipedia

  • 2 ability — I noun ableness, adaptability, adeptness, adequacy, aptitude, aptness, capability, capacity, competence, competency, enablement, facultas, faculty, fitness, fittedness, ingenium, mastership, mastery, potentiality, potestas, proficiency, prowess,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 ability — ability, capacity, capability are often confused in use. Ability primarily denotes the quality or character of being able (as to do or perform) and is applied chiefly to human beings. Capacity in its corresponding sense means the power or more… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 4 Ability — A*bil i*ty ([.a]*b[i^]l [i^]*t[y^]), n.; pl. {Abilities} ([.a]*b[i^]l [i^]*t[i^]z). [F. habilet[ e], earlier spelling habilit[ e] (with silent h), L. habilitas aptitude, ability, fr. habilis apt. See {Able}.] The quality or state of being able;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 ability — UK US /əˈbɪləti/ noun [C or U] ► the power or skill needed to do something, or the fact that someone is able to do something: »There s no doubting her ability. the ability to do sth »A good leader has the ability to motivate people. »We like our… …

    Financial and business terms

  • 6 -ability — suffix expressing ability, fitness, or capacity, from L. abilitas, forming nouns from adjectives ending in abilis (see ABLE (Cf. able)). Not etymologically related to ABILITY (Cf. ability), though popularly connected with it …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 ability — [n1] power to act, perform aptitude, capability, capacity, competence, competency, comprehension, dexterity, endowment, facility, faculty, intelligence, might, potentiality, qualification, resourcefulness, skill, strength, talent, understanding;… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 -ability — [ə bil′ə tē] [L abilitas: see ABLE & ITY] suffix forming nouns a (specified) ability, capacity, or tendency …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 -ability — [əbılıti] suffix also ibility [: Old French; Origin: abilité, from Latin abilitas, from abilis; ABLE] makes nouns from adjectives ending in ↑ able and ↑ ible ▪ manageability ▪ suitability …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 -ability — [ ə bıləti ] suffix used with adjectives ending in able to make nouns meaning a particular quality: suitability dependability …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 ability — (n.) late 14c., from O.Fr. ableté expert at handling (something), from L. habilitatem (nom. habilitas) aptitude, noun of quality from habilis easy to manage, handy (see ABLE (Cf. able)). One case where a Latin silent h failed to make a return in… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 12 ability — ► NOUN (pl. abilities) 1) the power or capacity to do something. 2) skill or talent. ORIGIN Latin habilitas, from habilis able …

    English terms dictionary

  • 13 ability — [ə bil′ə tē] n. pl. abilities [ME abilite < MFr habilité < L habilitas < habilis: see ABLE] 1. a being able; power to do (something physical or mental) 2. skill, expertness, or talent …

    English World dictionary

  • 14 ability — n. 1) to demonstrate, display, exhibit, show ability 2) to appreciate, recognize ability 3) creative; exceptional. great, outstanding, remarkable; innate, natural; latent ability 4) an ounce of ability (he doesn t have an ounce of ability) 5)… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 ability */*/*/ — UK [əˈbɪlətɪ] / US noun Word forms ability : singular ability plural abilities Get it right: ability: When ability means the fact of being able to do something , it is followed by an infinitive. It is never used in the pattern the ability of… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 ability — a|bil|i|ty W1S1 [əˈbılıti] n plural abilities [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: habilité, from Latin habilitas, from habilis; ABLE] 1.) the state of being able to do something ability to do sth ▪ the ability to walk …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 ability — noun 1 skill/power to do sth ADJECTIVE ▪ exceptional, extraordinary, great, outstanding, remarkable, uncanny ▪ inherent, innate, natural …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 ability — 01. She has a natural [ability] in sports, and seems to do well in any sport she tries. 02. His [ability] to run 6 miles in 40 minutes is incredible for a man his age. 03. If you are [able] to come to the party, everyone will be really happy to… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 19 ability — noun plural abilities (C, U) 1 something that you are able to do, especially because you have a particular mental or physical skill: ability to do sth: Our ability to think and speak separates us from other mammals. | have the ability to do sth ( …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 ability — a|bil|i|ty [ ə bıləti ] noun count or uncount *** 1. ) something you are capable of doing: ability to do something: Tiredness can seriously impair your ability to drive. a ) skill you have at a particular type of work, educational subject, etc.:… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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