Meaning of ABILITY in English

ABILITY

n. (pl. -ies) 1 (often foll. by to + infin.) capacity or power (has the ability to write songs). 2 cleverness, talent; mental power (a person of great ability; has many abilities).

[ ME f. OF ablete f. L habilitas -tatis f. habilis able ]

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