noun, plural a·bil·i·ties.
- abietic acid,
- ability grouping,
Origin of ability
Origin of -ability
Examples from the Web for ability
That article noted that the F-35 does not currently have the ability to down-link live video to ground troops,.
Speech, in this case, is our ability to spend money on a goofy entertainment.
Nor does the jet have the ability to capture high-definition video, utilize an infra-red pointer.
Police, their representatives and supporters tell us, ensure our freedom of speech through our ability to protest.
Consumers are also gaining the ability to take the designs into their own hands as 3D printing becomes more accessible.
Moreover, the ability to perform miracles is but a function of spirituality.Carmen Ariza|Charles Francis Stocking
Pride in what has been done, in what may be done, in the ability to reach the very highest point that may be reached.
It is of vital importance to give him absolute confidence in his ability to hit his man.The Modern Pistol and How to Shoot It|Walter Winans
Idiots are found with practically zero ability in rote memory.The Science of Human Nature|William Henry Pyle
In testing the function of these bows and their ability to shoot, a bamboo flight arrow made by Ishi was used as the standard.Hunting with the Bow and Arrow|Saxton Pope
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for ability
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.
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.