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".

Wise words

Words, words, words! They shut one off from the universe. Three quarters of the time one's never in contact with things, only with the beastly words that stand for them.
Aldous Huxley