Meaning of ABILITY in English




physical, mental, or legal power to perform

he has the ability to accomplish whatever he sets his mind to

Synonyms: adequacy, capability, capacity, competence, might, qualification, qualifiedness

Related Word: address, adroitness, cleverness, dexterity; aptitude, aptness, facility, knack

Idioms: what it takes

Contrasted words: impotence, inadequacy, incapability, incompetence

Antonyms: inability


natural or acquired proficiency especially in a particular activity

he has unusual ability in planning and designing

Synonyms: command, expertise, expertism, expertness, knack, know-how, mastership, mastery, skill

Related Word: adroitness, deftness, efficiency, handiness, proficiency; ingenuity, resourcefulness; talent

Contrasted words: inadequacy, incompetence, ineffectualness, unfitness; fatuity, futility, inanity

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