Meaning of ABILITY in English


[abil.i.ty] n, pl -ties [ME abilite, fr. MF habilite, fr. L habilitat-, habilitas, fr. habilis apt, skillful--more at able] (14c) 1 a: the quality or state of being able "~ of the soil to hold water"; esp: physical, mental, or legal power to perform b: competence in doing: skill

2: natural aptitude or acquired proficiency "children whose abilities warrant higher education"

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