BACK TO capability
capability vs. ability
capability vs. ability: What's the difference?
Capability and ability have similar meanings, but capability is often associated with a particular competence or efficiency at a specific task. Ability is more basic, and often means the capacity to do something, regardless of quality.
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- the quality of being capable; capacity; ability: His capability was unquestionable.
- the ability to undergo or be affected by a given treatment or action: the capability of glass in resisting heat.
- qualities, abilities, features, etc., that can be used or developed; potential: Though dilapidated, the house has great capabilities.
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- power or capacity to do or act physically, mentally, legally, morally, financially, etc.
- competence in an activity or occupation because of one's skill, training, or other qualification: the ability to sing well.
- talents; special skills or aptitudes: Composing music is beyond his abilities.