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01/12/2013

ability

Filed under: Logic,Psychology,Terminology — anlactunay @ 6:26 AM

ability
n. pl. a·bil·i·ties
1.
a. The quality of being able to do something, especially the physical, mental, financial, or legal power to accomplish something.
b. A skill, talent, or capacity: a student of many abilities.
2. The quality of being suitable for or receptive to a specified treatment: the ability of a computer to be configured for use as a file server. See Usage Note at able.
http://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=ability

adj. a·bler, a·blest
1. Having sufficient power or resources to accomplish something: a singer able to reach high notes; a detergent able to remove stains.
2. Usage Problem Susceptible to action or treatment: The brakes were able to be fixed.
3. Especially capable or proficient: The new programmers proved to be very able.
http://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?id=A5017200
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plural abil·i·ties
: the power or skill to do something [count] ? a young woman with many remarkable musical/artistic/athletic abilities — often followed by to + verb ? a teacher with an ability to inspire his students ? Does he have the ability [=authority] to fire employees? ? a writer’s ability [=capability, capacity] to interest readers [noncount] ? a young woman of great musical/artistic/athletic ability ? She has shown some ability with foreign languages. ? He always works to the best of his ability. [=as well as he can]
http://www.learnersdictionary.com/definition/ability
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