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ability

EN[əˈbɪl.ə.ti] [əˈ.bɪl.ɪ.ti]
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WAbility
  • Ability may refer to:
  • Aptitude, a component of a competency to do a certain kind of work at a certain level
  • Intelligence, logic, abstract thought, understanding, self-awareness, communication, learning, having emotional knowledge, retaining, planning, and problem solving
  • Knowledge, a familiarity with someone or something, which can include facts, information, descriptions, or skills
  • Skill, the learned ability to carry out a task with pre-determined results
  • Power (social and political), the ability to influence people or events

    Definition of ability in English Dictionary

  • NounPLabilitiesSUF-ability
    1. OBS Suitableness.
      1. NU The quality or state of being able; capacity to do; capacity of doing something; having the necessary power.
        1. This phone has the ability to have its software upgraded wirelessly. ‎
        2. This wood has the ability to fight off insects, fungus, and mold for a considerable time. ‎
      2. The legal wherewithal to act.
        1. The ability to shift profits to low-tax countries by locating intellectual property in them, which is then licensed to related businesses in high-tax countries, is often assumed to be the preserve of high-tech companies.
      3. (now limited to Scotland dialects) Physical power.
        1. (archaic) Financial ability.
          1. NU A unique power of the mind; a faculty.
            1. NC A skill or competence in doing; mental power; talent; aptitude.
              1. They are persons of ability, who will go far in life. ‎
              2. She has an uncanny ability to defuse conflict. ‎
          2. More Examples
            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
              • As Cooper pointed out, among the foremost of the nineteenth-century Gros Ventre character ideals were "strongheartedness" and the ability to "bear and forgo."
              • He has the ability to bring forth new ideas when they are needed.
              • Part of the magic of her poetry was her ability to have her words assonate in the most propitious places ‎
            2. Used in the Ending of Sentence
              • The team's victory reflects the Captain's abilities.
              • Here, we have demonstrated that the two naturally occurring human CYP4B1 isoforms, with/without insSer207, have no 4-IPO bioactivating ability.
              • Because they are generally quite thick, old telephone books are sometimes used in informal tests of a weapon's cutting ability.
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Nouns
              • Countable nouns
                • Singularia tantum
                  • Uncountable nouns
              Related Links:
              1. en ability to pay
              2. en ability grouping
              Source: Wiktionary
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              Grammatically, this word "ability" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum.
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