Capability Ca`pa*bil"i*ty, n.; pl. {Capabilities}. 1. The quality of being capable; capacity; capableness; esp. intellectual power or ability. [1913 Webster]

A capability to take a thousand views of a subject. --H. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. Capacity of being used or improved. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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