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ability meaning

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
              • Moreover, sponges possess very high reconstitutive and regenerative abilities up to the re-building of a functional body from dissociated cells [ …]
              • Monkeys and other animals can compute the exact number of a small set of objects at a glance without explicitly counting. The ability is called subitization.
              • The new condensed body font works well, and the concepts for each feature, subfeature, etc. are still reflecting the excellent design ability of the creative team.
            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
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              1. en ability to pay
              2. en ability grouping
              Source: Wiktionary
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              Meaning of ability for the defined word.

              Grammatically, this word "ability" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum.
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