ability
noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English abilite, from Anglo-French, from Latin habilitat-, habilitas, from habilis apt, skillful — more at able Date: 14th century 1. a. the quality or state of being able <
ability of the soil to hold water
>
; especially physical, mental, or legal power to perform b. competence in doing ; skill 2. natural aptitude or acquired proficiency <
children whose abilities warrant higher education
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  • -ability — [ə bil′ə tē] [L abilitas: see ABLE & ITY] suffix forming nouns a (specified) ability, capacity, or tendency …   English World dictionary

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