noun, plural a·bil·i·ties.
Origin of ability
Examples from the Web for abilities
I have learned a lot about productions and the abilities I have in this realm.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex|Aurora Snow|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They are not locked into the whims of those more powerful, because their knowledge and abilities open doors.Promoting Girls’ Education Isn’t Enough: Malala Can Do More|Paula Kweskin|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, my third book, changed my life and put me on bare-knuckle terms with my abilities.The Stacks: How The Berlin Wall Inspired John le Carré’s First Masterpiece|John le Carré|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This is more of a statement about racism in America than it is about his abilities.
What he may lack in leadership or due diligence skills, he makes up for in his abilities to whip the media into subservience.‘Whip it!’ Japanese Prime Minister Abe’s Cabinet Of Horrors|Jake Adelstein|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All the girls, and many of the boys, gathered around him, sympathizing with his triumph and complimenting him upon his abilities.Ishmael|Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
He hath; his abilities have been so highly recognized, that he was appointed soon after his arrival to a place in the council.The Real America in Romance, Volume 6;|John R. Musick
I more and more see this, that we judge men's abilities less from what they say or do, than from what they look. 'Pearls of Thought|Maturin M. Ballou
"You persist in underestimating your abilities, Gladys," said Fillmore reproachfully.The Adventures of Sally|P. G. Wodehouse
Cæsar has been much celebrated for his good fortune, but his abilities seem equal to the highest success.Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome|Oliver Goldsmith
British Dictionary definitions for abilities
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for ability
Word Origin and History for abilities
late 14c., from Old French ableté "expert at handling (something)," from Latin habilitatem (nominative habilitas) "aptitude," noun of quality from habilis "easy to manage, handy" (see able). One case where a Latin silent -h- failed to make a return in English (despite efforts of 16c.-17c. scholars); see H.