noun (plural -ties) Date: 1531 1. the quality of being easily performed 2. ease in performance ; aptitude 3. readiness of compliance 4. a. (1) something that makes an action, operation, or course of conduct easier — usually used in plural <
facilities for study
(2) lavatory 2 — often used in plural b. something (as a hospital) that is built, installed, or established to serve a particular purpose

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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