- an ability, natural or acquired, for a particular kind of action: a faculty for making friends easily.
- one of the powers of the mind, as memory, reason, or speech: Though very sick, he is in full possession of all his faculties.
- an inherent capability of the body: the faculties of sight and hearing.
- exceptional ability or aptitude: a president with a faculty for management.
- the entire teaching and administrative force of a university, college, or school.
- one of the departments of learning, as theology, medicine, or law, in a university.
- the teaching body, sometimes with the students, in any of these departments.
- the members of a learned profession: the medical faculty.
- a power or privilege conferred by the state, a superior, etc.: The police were given the faculty to search the building.
- Ecclesiastical. a dispensation, license, or authorization.
Origin of faculty
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Examples from the Web for faculties
Faculties of Arts and Sciences: How should science relate to the arts?Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
March 5, 2011
Now there was something so compelling about her tone that he bent all his faculties to the task.Quaint Courtships
We have no idea of the Supreme Being but what we learn from reflection on our own faculties.
When he recovered his faculties his first sensation was one of great cold.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
The subject abstracted their attention, and engrossed all their faculties.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Men are not equal, either in their faculties or in their requirements.Freeland
- one of the inherent powers of the mind or body, such as reason, memory, sight, or hearing
- any ability or power, whether acquired or inherent
- a conferred power or right
- a department within a university or college devoted to a particular branch of knowledge
- the staff of such a department
- mainly US and Canadianall the teaching staff at a university, college, school, etc
- all members of a learned profession
- archaic occupation
Word Origin and History for faculties
early 16c., "powers or properties of one's self," also "physical functions;" plural of faculty.
late 14c., "ability, means, resources," from Old French faculté (14c.) "skill, accomplishment, learning," and directly from Latin facultatem (nominative facultas) "power, ability, wealth," from *facli-tat-s, from facilis (see facile).
Academic sense "branch of knowledge" probably was the earliest in English (attested in Anglo-Latin from late 12c.), on notion of "ability in knowledge." Originally each department was a faculty; the use in reference to the whole teaching staff of a college dates from 1767.
- A natural or specialized power of a living organism.