Associations to the word «Ability»


ABILITY, noun. (obsolete) Suitableness. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century.]
ABILITY, noun. (uncountable) The quality or state of being able; capacity to do; capacity of doing something; having the necessary power. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
ABILITY, noun. The legal wherewithal to act. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
ABILITY, noun. (now) (limited to Scottish dialects) Physical power. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
ABILITY, noun. (archaic) Financial ability. [First attested in the early 16th century.]
ABILITY, noun. (uncountable) A unique power of the mind; a faculty. [First attested in the late 16 th century.]
ABILITY, noun. (countable) A skill or competence in doing; mental power; talent; aptitude. [First attested in the early 17 th century.]
ABILITY GROUPING, noun. The practice of putting students together in groups of those with similar skills or needs, e.g. in classes or in groups within a class.
ABILITY TO PAY, noun. (tax) An individual's level of wealth or income, as a measure of the tax rate they can afford to pay.

Dictionary definition

ABILITY, noun. The quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment.
ABILITY, noun. Possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done; "danger heightened his powers of discrimination".

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