-ability


a combination of -able and -ity, found on nouns corresponding to adjectives in -able: capability.

Origin of -ability

Middle English -abiliteLatin -ābilitās
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Word Origin and History for -ability

word-forming element expressing ability, fitness, or capacity, from Latin -abilitas, forming nouns from adjectives ending in -abilis (see -able). Not etymologically related to ability, though popularly connected with it.

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