I. noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English capacite, from Middle French capacité, from Latin capacitat-, capacitas, from capac-, capax Date: 15th century 1. legal competency or fitness <
capacity to stand trial
2. a. the potential or suitability for holding, storing, or accommodating <
a large seating capacity
b. the maximum amount or number that can be contained or accommodated <
a jug with a one-gallon capacity
the auditorium was filled to capacity
— see metric system table, weight table 3. a. an individual's mental or physical ability ; aptitude, skill b. the faculty or potential for treating, experiencing, or appreciating <
capacity for love
4. duty, position, role <
will be happy to serve in any capacity
5. the facility or power to produce, perform, or deploy ; capability <
a plan to double the factory's capacity
; also maximum output <
industries running at three-quarter capacity
6. a. capacitance b. the quantity of electricity that a battery can deliver under specified conditions II. adjective Date: 1897 equaling maximum capacity <
a capacity crowd

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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