Meaning of ABILITY in English


n. Function: noun

1 physical, mental, or legal power to perform FF1C; he has the ability to accomplish whatever he sets his mind to FF1E;

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

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

Idioms: what it takes

Contrasted Words: impotence, inadequacy, incapability, incompetence

Antonyms: inability

2 natural or acquired proficiency especially in a particular activity FF1C; he has unusual ability in planning and designing FF1E;

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

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

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

Merriam Webster. Collegiate thesaurus English dictionary.      Английский энциклопедический толковый словарь тезауруса.