[ key-puh-bil-i-tee ]
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noun,plural ca·pa·bil·i·ties.
  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.

  1. Usually capabilities. qualities, abilities, features, etc., that can be used or developed; potential: Though dilapidated, the house has great capabilities.

Origin of capability

First recorded in 1580–90; from Middle French capabilité, from Late Latin capābili(s) capable + -ty2

Other words from capability

  • o·ver·ca·pa·bil·i·ty, noun, plural o·ver·ca·pa·bil·i·ties.
  • su·per·ca·pa·bil·i·ty, noun, plural su·per·ca·pa·bil·i·ties. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use capability in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for capability


/ (ˌkeɪpəˈbɪlɪtɪ) /

nounplural -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

  1. (usually plural) a characteristic that may be developed; potential aptitude

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