Definitions for -ability
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a•bil•i•ty*əˈbɪl ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.
power or capacity to do or act physically, mentally, legally, morally, or financially.
competence based on natural skill, training, or other qualification.
abilities, talents; special skills or aptitudes.
* Syn: ability , faculty , talent denote power or capacity to do something. ability is the general word for a natural or acquired capacity to do things; it usu. implies doing them well: a leader of great ability; ability in mathematics. faculty denotes a natural or acquired ability for a particular kind of action: a faculty for putting people at ease.talent usu. denotes an exceptional natural ability or aptitude in a particular field: a talent for music.
Origin of ability:
1350–1400; ME (h)abilite < MF < L habilitās aptitude =habili(s) handy (see able ) +-tās -ty2
a combination of -able and -ity , found on nouns corresponding to adjectives in -able :
Origin of -ability:
ME -abilite蠐 L -ābilitās
Ability, inclination or suitability for a specified function or condition.
Origin: From -ablete, -iblete, -abilite, -ibilite, from -ablete, -iblete, -abilite, -ibilite, from -abilitas, -ibilitas, from -abilis or -ibilis + -tas or -ty