What does Ability mean?

Definitions for Ability
əˈbɪl ɪ tiAbil·i·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ability(noun)

    the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment

  2. ability, power(noun)

    possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done

    "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"

Wiktionary

  1. ability(Noun)

    The quality or state of being able.

    Etymology: * First attested from before 1398.

  2. ability(Noun)

    A skill or competence in doing.

    Etymology: * First attested from before 1398.

  3. ability(Noun)

    A high level of skill or competence.

    Etymology: * First attested from before 1398.

  4. ability(Noun)

    Physical, mental or legal power to perform.

    Etymology: * First attested from before 1398.

  5. ability(Noun)

    Aptitude.

    Etymology: * First attested from before 1398.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ability(noun)

    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

  1. Ability

    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. habilitashabilis, easily handled, from habēre, to have, hold. See Able.]

Editors Contribution

  1. ability

    The feeling, understanding, power and knowing of being able.

    We are all able to do various tasks in life.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 25, 2020  
  2. ability

    The quality of being able.

    She was ableto do anything her heart desires.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ability' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1104

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ability' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1688

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Ability' in Nouns Frequency: #422

How to pronounce Ability?

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    Karen
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    Veena
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How to say Ability in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ability in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ability in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Ability in a Sentence

  1. Laura Poitras:

    The disclosures that Edward Snowden reveals don't only expose a threat to our privacy but to our democracy itself, when the most important decisions being made affecting all of us are made in secret, we lose our ability to check the powers that control.

  2. Jeb Bush:

    The United States has an undiminished ability to shape events and build alliances of free people, we can project power and enforce peaceful stability in far-off areas of the globe.

  3. Steve Schmidt:

    They made a horrendous miscalculation in not understanding the intent of the low-energy attack, which was designed to emasculate Bush, to make him look weak, defining him as weak denied him the ability to make the argument that by resume, competence and experience he was the most fit to command.

  4. Michael Hallowes:

    The ability to remotely monitor and manage the human impacts of this coronavirus through data our mobile phones naturally generate and operator networks process lawfully everyday has got to be of great utility to protecting our key workers from having to encounter people in breach, as well was giving us the analysis in real time of how widespread the infection is.

  5. Lindsey Graham:

    I think( Jeff Sessions) removed Jeff Sessions appropriately from all things Russia and 2016, so when the President beats on Jeff Sessions, I think it's inappropriate'cause he doesn't have the ability to make these decisions.

Images & Illustrations of Ability

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