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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•bil•i•ty*əˈbɪl ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. power or capacity to do or act physically, mentally, legally, morally, or financially.

  2. competence based on natural skill, training, or other qualification.

  3. 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


  1. a combination of -able and -ity , found on nouns corresponding to adjectives in -able :


    Category: Affix

Origin of -ability:

ME -abilite蠐 L -ābilitās


  1. -ability(Suffix)

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

  2. Origin: From -ablete, -iblete, -abilite, -ibilite, from -ablete, -iblete, -abilite, -ibilite, from -abilitas, -ibilitas, from -abilis or -ibilis + -tas or -ty


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