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

1580–90; (< Middle French capabilité) < Late Latin capābili(s) capable + -ty2
Related formso·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.
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Related Words for capability

wherewithal, capacity, power, facility, means, proficiency, efficiency, potential, skill, effectiveness, competence, potency, art, potentiality, efficacy, adequacy, qualification, craft, aptitude, faculty

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Contemporary Examples of capability

Historical Examples of capability

  • They do not change the nature of truth and her capability and destiny to benefit mankind.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • Also, at that time, he idolized his brother and believed in his shrewdness and capability.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • It was astonishing, his capacity for sleep and his capability in sleeping up to capacity.

    Galusha the Magnificent

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • My capability for affection has no bearing on the present question.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming

  • Her pride and capability of seeing where resistance was useless had the inconvenience.


    George Eliot

British Dictionary definitions for capability


noun plural -ties
  1. the quality of being capable; ability
  2. the quality of being susceptible to the use or treatment indicatedthe capability of a metal to be fused
  3. (usually plural) a characteristic that may be developed; potential aptitude
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Word Origin and History for capability


1580s, from capable + -ity. Capabilities "undeveloped faculty or property" is attested from 1778.

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