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Definition of "ability" []

  • The quality of being able to do something, especially the physical, mental, financial, or legal power to accomplish something. (noun)
  • A natural or acquired skill or talent. (noun)
  • The quality of being suitable for or receptive to a specified treatment; capacity: the ability of a computer to be configured for use as a file server. See Usage Note at able. (noun)
  • Possession of the qualities required to do something; necessary skill, competence, or power (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Considerable proficiency; natural capability (noun)
  • Special talents (noun)

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Use "ability" in a sentence
  • "Spending beyond your ability is a horrible trait in any one but in a government it is criminal."
  • "“This ability is usually associated with direct marketing campaigns such as telemarketing, e-mail marketing, or direct mail.”"
  • "I am sure that the ability is there, but know that my record of harnessing it is not very promising."