What does Faculty mean?

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ˈfæk əl tifac·ul·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. faculty, mental faculty, modulenoun

    one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind

  2. staff, facultynoun

    the body of teachers and administrators at a school

    "the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university"


  1. facultynoun

    The scholarly staff at colleges or universities, as opposed to the students or support staff.

  2. facultynoun

    A division of a university (e.g. a Faculty of Science or Faculty of Medicine).

  3. facultynoun

    An ability, skill, or power.

    He lived until he reached the age of 90 with most of his faculties intact.

  4. Etymology: From faculte, from faculte, from facultas, another form of facilitas, from facul, another form of facilis; see facile.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Facultynoun

    Etymology: facultè, French; facultas, Latin.

    There is no kind of faculty or power in man, or any creature, which can rightly perform the functions allotted to it without perpetual aid and concurrence of that supreme cause of all things. Richard Hooker, b. i. s. 8.

    Orators may grieve; for in their sides,
    Rather than heads, their faculty abides. John Denham.

    Reason in man supplies the defect of other faculties wherein we are inferior to beasts, and what we cannot compass by force we bring about by stratagem. Roger L'Estrange.

    For well I understand in the prime end
    Of nature, her the inferior; in the mind
    And inward faculties, which most excel. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    In the ordinary way of speaking, the understanding and will are two faculties of the mind. John Locke.

    Neither did our Saviour think it necessary to explain to us the nature of God, because it would be impossible, without bestowing on us other faculties than we possess at present. Jonathan Swift.

    He had none of those faculties, which the other had, of reconciling men to him. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    A sober man would have wondered how our author found out monarchical absolute power in that text, had he not had an exceeding good faculty to find it himself where he could not shew it others. John Locke.

    He had an excellent faculty in preaching, if he were not too refined. Jonathan Swift.

    I’m traduc’d by tongues which neither know
    My faculties nor person, yet will be
    The chronicles of my doing. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    This Duncan
    Hath born his faculties so meek, hath been
    So clear in his great office, that his virtues
    Will plead like angels. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Law hath set down to what persons, in what causes, with what circumstances, almost every faculty or favour shall be granted. Richard Hooker, b. v.


  1. faculty

    Faculty typically refers to the group of professionals employed by a university or college who are dedicated to teaching, researching, mentoring, and providing academic guidance to students. They possess advanced degrees and expertise in specific academic disciplines and are responsible for delivering courses, conducting academic research, publishing scholarly articles, and contributing to the overall development and growth of the institution. Faculty members often have diverse responsibilities that may also include advising students, participating in committees, and providing leadership within their respective departments or areas of specialization.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Facultynoun

    ability to act or perform, whether inborn or cultivated; capacity for any natural function; especially, an original mental power or capacity for any of the well-known classes of mental activity; psychical or soul capacity; capacity for any of the leading kinds of soul activity, as knowledge, feeling, volition; intellectual endowment or gift; power; as, faculties of the mind or the soul

  2. Facultynoun

    special mental endowment; characteristic knack

  3. Facultynoun

    power; prerogative or attribute of office

  4. Facultynoun

    privilege or permission, granted by favor or indulgence, to do a particular thing; authority; license; dispensation

  5. Facultynoun

    a body of a men to whom any specific right or privilege is granted; formerly, the graduates in any of the four departments of a university or college (Philosophy, Law, Medicine, or Theology), to whom was granted the right of teaching (profitendi or docendi) in the department in which they had studied; at present, the members of a profession itself; as, the medical faculty; the legal faculty, ect

  6. Facultynoun

    the body of person to whom are intrusted the government and instruction of a college or university, or of one of its departments; the president, professors, and tutors in a college


  1. Faculty

    A faculty is a division within a university comprising one subject area, or a number of related subject areas. In American usage such divisions are generally referred to as colleges or schools, but may also mix terminology. The medieval University of Paris, which served as a model for most of the later medieval universities in Europe, had four faculties: the Faculties of Theology, Law, Medicine, and finally the Faculty of Arts, from which every student had to graduate in order to continue his training in one of the other three, sometimes known as the higher faculties. The privilege to establish these four faculties was usually part of all medieval charters for universities, but not every university could do so in practice. The Faculty of Arts took its name from the seven liberal arts: the trivium and the quadrivium. In German, Scandinavian, Slavic and other universities, the name for this faculty would more often literally translate as 'faculty of philosophy'. The degree of Magister Artium derives its name from the Faculty of Arts, while the degree of Doctor of Philosophy originates within German education and derives its name from the German name of the Arts faculty.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Faculty

    fak′ul-ti, n. facility or power to act: any particular ability or aptitude: an original power of the mind: any physical capability or function: personal quality or endowment: right, authority, or privilege to act: license: a department of learning at a university, or the professors constituting it: the members of a profession: executive ability.—adj. Fac′ultātive, optional: of or pertaining to a faculty.—Court of Faculties, a court established by Henry VIII., whereby authority is given to the Archbishop of Canterbury to grant dispensations and faculties. [Fr.,—L. facultatemfacilis, easy.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Faculty

    The teaching staff and members of the administrative staff having academic rank in an educational institution.

Editors Contribution

  1. faculty

    An ability, skill or power.

    We all have various faculties which we can relate to e.g. memory, thought, imagination etc,

    Submitted by MaryC on December 31, 2019  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Faculty' in Nouns Frequency: #2122

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Faculty in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Faculty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Faculty in a Sentence

  1. Katie Sanders:

    I am using my right of free speech to voice the opinion that is not being heard, i expected that a petition or something of the sort would go around. I am not upset that it is happening because they have that right, but I would be upset if I were to lose my job becauseI love it and have not had any problems with any residents before this. The death threats I have been receiving are not okay and that should be universally accepted. As for the WCU Faculty Senate, the point is being proven about opposing views because they are saying our opinion is nonsense and proceeded to create t-shirts for sale. After being called out for their post, they immediately deleted it.

  2. Key School:

    Key School is shocked and appalled to learn of the charges filed against faculty member Diana Toebbe and Jonathan Toebbe. Key School had no prior knowledge of their alleged criminal activities, nor is the School connected to the investigation in any way.

  3. Kathleen Plinske:

    We're willing to give things a try, our faculty ... are so very interested in providing the best learning experience, but very much in touch with the economic realities our students face.

  4. Joseph Addison:

    Man is distinguished from all other creatures by the faculty of laughter.

  5. Sharon Holland:

    The procedures used during the training were not authorized by USU faculty.

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