Meaning of ABILITY in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ə-ˈbi-lə-tē ]


( plural -ties )

Etymology: Middle English abilite, from Anglo-French, from Latin habilitat-, habilitas, from habilis apt, skillful — more at able

Date: 14th century


a. : the quality or state of being able

ability of the soil to hold water

especially : physical, mental, or legal power to perform

b. : competence in doing : skill

2. : natural aptitude or acquired proficiency

children whose abilities warrant higher education

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.