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capability

[key-puh-bil-i-tee]
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noun, plural ca·pa·bil·i·ties.
  1. the quality of being capable; capacity; ability: His capability was unquestionable.
  2. the ability to undergo or be affected by a given treatment or action: the capability of glass in resisting heat.
  3. Usually capabilities. qualities, abilities, features, etc., that can be used or developed; potential: Though dilapidated, the house has great capabilities.
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Origin of capability

1580–90; (< Middle French capabilité) < Late Latin capābili(s) capable + -ty2
Related formso·ver·ca·pa·bil·i·ty, noun, plural o·ver·ca·pa·bil·i·ties.su·per·ca·pa·bil·i·ty, noun, plural su·per·ca·pa·bil·i·ties.
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  • He sees at once the capabilities of a tale, but he will not use it except he may do with it what he pleases.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • They are strangely suggestive of the capabilities of the art.

  • He was daily growing to have a higher opinion of her wisdom and capabilities.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • He would have been the last to blame her for this; her estimate of his capabilities was like his own, that was all.

    Shavings

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • His capabilities may be small or great; if he but use them all, he is a success.


British Dictionary definitions for capabilities

capability

noun plural -ties
  1. the quality of being capable; ability
  2. the quality of being susceptible to the use or treatment indicatedthe capability of a metal to be fused
  3. (usually plural) a characteristic that may be developed; potential aptitude
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Word Origin and History for capabilities

capability

n.

1580s, from capable + -ity. Capabilities "undeveloped faculty or property" is attested from 1778.

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