noun, plural fa·cil·i·ties.

Origin of facility

1375–1425; late Middle English facilite (< Middle French) < Latin facilitās. See facile, -ity
Related formsnon·fa·cil·i·ty, noun, plural non·fa·cil·i·ties.o·ver·fa·cil·i·ty, noun
Can be confusedfacile facilitate facility felicitate
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Examples from the Web for facility

Contemporary Examples of facility

Historical Examples of facility

  • He will give you every facility when you tell him who you are.

  • They have gained in facility and wit; they have lost in poetry.

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • We must repeat and again repeat; facility will come with labour.


    Samuel Smiles

  • It is not ease, but effort—not facility, but difficulty, that makes men.


    Samuel Smiles

  • He was surprised at the facility with which he attained such happiness.

    Father Sergius

    Leo Tolstoy

British Dictionary definitions for facility


noun plural -ties

ease of action or performance; freedom from difficulty
ready skill or ease deriving from practice or familiarity
(often plural) the means or equipment facilitating the performance of an action
rare easy-going disposition
military an organization or building offering supporting capability
(usually plural) a euphemistic word for lavatory

Word Origin for facility

C15: from Latin facilitās, from facilis easy; see facile
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Word Origin and History for facility

early 15c., "gentleness," from Middle French facilité, from Latin facilitatem (nominative facilitas) "easiness, ease, fluency, willingness," from facilis "easy" (see facile). Its sense in English moved from "genteelness" to "opportunity" (1510s), to "aptitude, ease" (1530s). Meaning "place for doing something," which makes the word so beloved of journalists and fuzzy writers, first recorded 1872.

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