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Filed under: Psychology,Terminology — anlactunay @ 6:29 AM

n. pl. ca·pac·i·ties
a. The ability to receive, hold, or absorb something: the storage capacity of a car’s trunk.
b. The maximum amount that can be contained: a bin filled to capacity.
2. The power to learn or retain knowledge; mental ability.
a. The ability to do, make, or accomplish something; capability: a comedian’s capacity for making people laugh.
b. The maximum or optimum amount that can be produced: factories operating below capacity.
4. The quality of being suitable for or receptive to specified treatment: the capacity of elastic to be stretched.
5. The position in which one functions; role: in your capacity as sales manager.
6. Legal qualification or authority: the capacity to make an arrest.
7. Electricity Capacitance.
Filling a space with the most it can hold: a capacity crowd at the concert.

plural ca·pac·i·ties
1 a [count] : the ability to hold or contain people or things — usually singular ? The restaurant has a large seating capacity. [=many people can sit in the restaurant; it has many seats] ? What is the hard drive’s storage capacity?
b : the largest amount or number that can be held or contained [count] ? The nightclub has a 1,000-person capacity. ? a bottle with a capacity of two liters [noncount] ? The prison has reached capacity. [=the prison is full] ? The auditorium was filled to capacity. [=was completely full]
2 : the ability to do something : a mental, emotional, or physical ability [noncount] ? Some species of birds do not have the capacity [=ability] to fly. ? Does he have the capacity to handle this job? ? The disease causes a deterioration of breathing capacity. [count] ? the machine’s computational capacities [=capabilities] — usually singular ? a character with a great capacity for love [=a character who is able to love people very deeply]
3 [count] : a usually official position or job : role
? He was acting in his capacity as judge. ? She’s worked for the company in various capacities over the years. [=she has had various jobs at the company] ? serving in a supervisory capacity
4 [noncount] : the amount of something that can be produced or managed by a factory, company, etc.
? a plan to double the factory’s capacity ? We can’t hire more people because we lack the training capacity. ? the nation’s oil refining capacity ; also : the largest amount that a factory, company, etc., can produce or manage
? The factory is currently running at three-quarter capacity. [=the factory is producing three quarters of what it can produce] ? The airport is not expected to reach capacity [=the highest number of planes it can deal with] for several years.


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