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capability

[key-puh-bil-i-tee] /ˌkeɪ pəˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural capabilities.
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.
Origin of capability
1580-1590
1580-90; (< Middle French capabilité) < Late Latin capābili(s) capable + -ty2
Related forms
overcapability, noun, plural overcapabilities.
supercapability, noun, plural supercapabilities.
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  • They do not change the nature of truth and her capability and destiny to benefit mankind.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • Also, at that time, he idolized his brother and believed in his shrewdness and capability.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It was astonishing, his capacity for sleep and his capability in sleeping up to capacity.

    Galusha the Magnificent Joseph C. Lincoln
  • My capability for affection has no bearing on the present question.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming
  • Her pride and capability of seeing where resistance was useless had the inconvenience.

    Romola George Eliot
British Dictionary definitions for capability

capability

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

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

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