[ fuh-sil-i-tee ]
/ fəˈsɪl ɪ ti /

noun, plural fa·cil·i·ties.

Origin of facility

1375–1425; late Middle English facilite (< Middle French) < Latin facilitās. See facile, -ity

Related forms

non·fa·cil·i·ty, noun, plural non·fa·cil·i·ties.o·ver·fa·cil·i·ty, noun

Can be confused

facile facilitate facility felicitate
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British Dictionary definitions for facility's


/ (fəˈsɪlɪtɪ) /

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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