Ability meaning

ə-bĭl'ĭ-tē
Ability means a special talent or skill.

An example of ability is a batting average of .500 in baseball.

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The quality of being able to do something, especially the physical, mental, financial, or legal power to accomplish something.
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The definition of ability is having the ability to do something.

An example of ability is having enough money to pay a bill.

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A skill, talent, or capacity.

A student of many abilities.

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A being able; power to do (something physical or mental)
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Skill, expertness, or talent.
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(uncountable) A unique power of the mind; a faculty. [First attested in the late 16 th century.]
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A (specified) ability, capacity, or tendency.
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(uncountable) The quality or state of being able; capacity to do; capacity of doing something; having the necessary power. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]

This phone has the ability to have its software upgraded wirelessly.

This wood has the ability to fight off insects, fungus, and mold for a considerable time.

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The legal wherewithal to act. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
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(now limited to Scotland dialects) Physical power. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
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(archaic) Financial ability. [First attested in the early 16th century.]
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(countable) A skill or competence in doing; mental power; talent; aptitude. [First attested in the early 17 th century.]

They are persons of ability, who will go far in life.

She has an uncanny ability to defuse conflict.

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Forms a noun from a verb; ability, inclination or suitability for a specified function or condition.
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The quality of being suitable for or receptive to a specified treatment.

The ability of a computer to be configured for use as a file server.

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Ability, inclination, or suitability for a specified action or condition.

Teachability.

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Origin of ability

From Middle English -ablete, -iblete, -abilite, -ibilite, from Middle French -ableté, -ibleté, -abilité, -ibilité, from Latin -abilitas, -ibilitas, from -abilis (“able") or -ibilis (“able") + -tas or -ty