They saw the law as limiting their ability to protect the nation.
You know, you set out to do something, and I have achieved what I set out to do to the best of my ability.
But by the late ‘90s, the 5-foot-3 singer’s weight, which topped 400 pounds, began to impede her ability to perform.
Hunter S. Thompson had this ability; his words cut the most powerful men in America to the bone.
In the end, it turns out that in significant ways, our humanity turns on our ability dispatch with a handful of Doritos.
All her ability as a driver was needed to meet the situation.
I want to know if that craft has the ability to run away from us.
"Maude does," answered Edith, proud of her sister's ability.
Columbia should be—and apparently is—proud to have a man of your ability on its staff.
In the east, again, there was no impulse to succour the falling west; and indeed there was not the ability.
late 14c., from Old French ableté "expert at handling (something)," from Latin habilitatem (nominative habilitas) "aptitude," noun of quality from habilis "easy to manage, handy" (see able). One case where a Latin silent -h- failed to make a return in English (despite efforts of 16c.-17c. scholars); see H.