the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
"danger heightened his powers of discrimination"
The quality or state of being able.
A skill or competence in doing.
A high level of skill or competence.
Physical, mental or legal power to perform.
Origin: * First attested from before 1398.
the quality or state of being able; power to perform, whether physical, moral, intellectual, conventional, or legal; capacity; skill or competence in doing; sufficiency of strength, skill, resources, etc.; -- in the plural, faculty, talent
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
a-bil′i-ti, n. quality of being able: power: strength: skill.—n.pl. Abil′ities, the powers of the mind. [O. Fr. ableté (Fr. habileté)—L. habilitas—habilis, easily handled, from habēre, to have, hold. See Able.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ability' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1104
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'ability' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1688
Rank popularity for the word 'ability' in Nouns Frequency: #422
The numerical value of ability in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of ability in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
There is something that is much more scarce, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability.
The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.
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Translations for ability
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- مقدرة, إستطاعة, قدرة, القدرةArabic
- ловкост, кадърност, вещинаBulgarian
- habilidad, capacidadSpanish
- trebetasun, abilezia, gaitasunBasque
- pouvoir, capacitéFrench
- ábaltacht, cumasIrish
- योग्यत्व, योग्यताHindi
- abiliteHaitian Creole
- abilità, capacitàItalian
- 能力, 才能Japanese
- دهرهقهت, لهدهس هاتنKurdish
- ars, solertia, calliditas, habilitas, potestas, sollers acumen, potentia, scientia, prudentiaLatin
- āheitanga, āheinga, kahaMāori
- کبوليهن, kebolehanMalay
- vaardigheid, vermogenDutch
- habilidade, capacidade, perícia, destreza, mestriaPortuguese
- dibăcie, putință, abilitate, capacitate, iscusință, îndemânareRomanian
- способность, возможность, умениеRussian
- спосо́бно̄ст, sposóbnōstSerbo-Croatian
- förmåga, färdighetSwedish
- దక్షత, సత్తాTelugu
- یوگیتو, یوگیتا, صلاحیتUrdu
- 能力, năng lựcVietnamese
- fäg, skilVolapük
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