- the quality of being capable; capacity; ability: His capability was unquestionable.
- the ability to undergo or be affected by a given treatment or action: the capability of glass in resisting heat.
- Usually capabilities. qualities, abilities, features, etc., that can be used or developed; potential: Though dilapidated, the house has great capabilities.
Origin of capability
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Examples from the Web for capabilities
In short, we would make it clear to the world and the potential recruits that ISIS has fatally overstepped its capabilities.Airstrikes Against ISIS Are Tactics. Here's a Strategy
Daniel L. Davis
September 15, 2014
He added: “The assets and capabilities we wanted were there to ensure we could deal with any threat, any eventuality.”U.S. Diplomats and Marines Close Embassy and Flee Libya Fighting
July 27, 2014
All the Americans, from FDR down, underestimated the capabilities of their adversary, and exaggerated their own.D-Day Was The Largest And One Of The Bloodiest Invasions In History
James A. Warren
June 6, 2014
What is fascinating about this list isn't just that it tells us what capabilities U.S. special operations forces want.Special Ops’ Weapons Wish List
April 9, 2014
They, too, would be acutely nervous about revealing the capabilities of their assets.The Worst Place in the World for MH370 to Go Missing
April 5, 2014
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
They are strangely suggestive of the capabilities of the art.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
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.
- the quality of being capable; ability
- the quality of being susceptible to the use or treatment indicatedthe capability of a metal to be fused
- (usually plural) a characteristic that may be developed; potential aptitude
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Word Origin and History for capabilities
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