Noun Ability Definition and Examples







Possession of the means or skill to do something.
  1. 'All you are paying for is the ability to say that you've seen it early.'
  2. 'Many sources cited in the book pay tribute to his ability to include others, to lead.'
  3. 'Britain should adopt a graduated income tax based on the ability to pay.'
  4. 'The defendant denied that, and said that Michael worked and had the ability to pay.'
  5. 'He has professional experience and has the ability to serve in any controlling body.'
  6. 'He possesses that rare ability to unlock defences to break a stalemate.'
  7. 'It was, in its own way, a triumph: the message of a voiceless woman who never lost her ability to speak.'
  8. 'But to my mind the most important thing by far is the ability to motivate and get the best out of people.'
  9. 'The boy possesses the uncanny ability to eat like an elephant and remain as skinny as a stick.'
  10. 'He has pace, skill, an ability to shoot with both feet, and incredible shot accuracy.'
Talent, skill, or proficiency in a particular area.
  1. count noun 'pupils of all abilities'
  2. 'This indicates that differences in the rate of accumulation of economic knowledge due to natural ability do not exist.'
  3. 'I'd never seen her in a show before, so I had no idea the extent of her ability.'
  4. 'It is a mark of her ability that the player has managed to remain in the world's top five despite the injuries.'
  5. 'This is the sort of film that doesn't really require much acting ability.'
  6. 'He's got pace, he's aggressive, and for a big lad he's got some ability.'
((n.) The quality or state of being able; power to perform, whether physical, moral, intellectual, conventional, or legal; capacity; skill or competence in doing; sufficiency of strength, skill, resources, etc.; -- in the plural, faculty, talent.)

noun, plural abilities.

1. power or capacity to do or act physically, mentally, legally, morally, financially, etc.

2. competence in an activity or occupation because of one's skill, training, or other qualification: the ability to sing well.

3. abilities, talents; special skills or aptitudes: Composing music is beyond his abilities.


"There can be ability ratings."
"There can be ability classes."
"There can be ability tests."
"There can be ability levels."
"There can be ability teachings."
"There can be ability pupils."
"There can be ability situations."
"There can be ability groupings."
"There can be ability children."
"There can be ability schools."
"There can be ability groups."
"There can be ability classrooms."
"There can be ability albeits."
"There can be ability youngsters."
"There can be ability wonderfullies."
"There can be ability thoughts."
"There can be ability taxes."
"There can be ability supports."
"There can be ability stoogings."
"There can be ability sessions."

Late Middle English: from Old French ablete, from Latin habilitas, from habilis ‘able’.

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