Ability

Noun

  • (uncountable) The quality or state of being able; capacity to do; capacity of doing something; having the necessary power. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]

    "This phone has the ability to have its software upgraded wirelessly."

  • (now limited to Scotland dialects) Physical power. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
  • (countable) A skill or competence in doing; mental power; talent; aptitude. [First attested in the early 17 th century.]

    "They are persons of ability, who will go far in life."

  • (obsolete) Suitableness. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century.]
  • The legal wherewithal to act. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
  • (uncountable) A unique power of the mind; a faculty. [First attested in the late 16 th century.]
  • (uncountable) The quality or state of being able; capacity to do; capacity of doing something; having the necessary power. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]

    "This wood has the ability to fight off insects, fungus, and mold for a considerable time."

  • (archaic) Financial ability. [First attested in the early 16th century.]
  • (countable) A skill or competence in doing; mental power; talent; aptitude. [First attested in the early 17 th century.]

    "She has an uncanny ability to defuse conflict."

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