- The definition of ability is having the ability to do something.
An example of ability is having enough money to pay a bill.
- Ability means a special talent or skill.
An example of ability is a batting average of .500 in baseball.
This woman seems to have the ability to pay this bill.
ability definition by Webster's New World
- a being able; power to do (something physical or mental)
- skill, expertness, or talent
Origin: Middle English abilite ; from Middle French habilité ; from Classical Latin habilitas ; from habilis: see able
Origin: Classical Latin -abilitas: see -able and amp; -ity
ability definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. a·bil·i·ties
- The quality of being able to do something, especially the physical, mental, financial, or legal power to accomplish something.
- A natural or acquired skill or talent.
- The quality of being suitable for or receptive to a specified treatment; capacity: the ability of a computer to be configured for use as a file server. See Usage Note at able.
Origin: Middle English abilite, from Old French habilite, from Latin habilitās, from habilis, handy; see able.
Origin: Middle English -abilitie, from Old French -abilite, from Latin -ābilitās, from -ābilis, -able.