What does Ability mean?

Definitions for Abilityəˈbɪl ɪ ti

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Ability.

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"


  1. ability(Noun)

    The quality or state of being able.

  2. ability(Noun)

    A skill or competence in doing.

  3. ability(Noun)

    A high level of skill or competence.

  4. ability(Noun)

    Physical, mental or legal power to perform.

  5. ability(Noun)


  6. Origin: * 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.]

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Cresent Hardy:

    He thinks he has the ability.

  2. Crystal Denn:

    I almost lost my ability to stand.

  3. Buckminster Fuller:

    Our power is in our ability to decide.

  4. Napoleon I:

    Ability is nothing without opportunity.

  5. Stephen Covey:

    Accountability breeds response-ability.

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