What does ability mean?

Definitions for ability
əˈbɪl ɪ tiabil·i·ty

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"

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?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

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. Representative Mark Meadows:

    Every member of Congress should have the ability to have their voice and their vote heard without fear of retribution if indeed they are representing the people back home.

  2. Kyle Ewing:

    We look at general cognitive ability, how do you unpack and tackle these large problems that exist and distill them down to something you can take hold of ?

  3. Hedy Weinberg:

    Banning certain abortions will not provide a real solution to gender or racial discrimination and does nothing to address their root causes, we will continue to fight for people's ability to make their own decisions about pregnancy without political interference.

  4. Representative Ed Royce:

    If this agreement goes through, Iran gets a cash bonanza, a boost to its international standing, and a lighted path toward nuclear weapons, with sweeping sanctions relief, we have lessened our ability to challenge Iran's conduct across the board. As Iran grows stronger, we will be weaker to respond.

  5. Mohamed El-Erian:

    I am not a buyer...that this is a crash. I think China has the ability to control a soft landing, but China is no longer a locomotive of global growth, and that has implications for companies and it has implications for commodities markets.

Images & Illustrations of ability

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