Etymology
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ability (n.)

late 14c., "state or condition of being able; capacity to do or act," from Old French ableté "ability (to inherit)," from Latin habilitatem (nominative habilitas, in Medieval Latin abilitas) "aptitude, ability," noun of quality from habilis "easy to manage, handy" (see able). One case where a Latin silent -h- failed to make a return in English (despite efforts of 16c.-17c. scholars); see H. Also in Middle English, "suitableness, fitness." Abilities "one's talents or mental endowments" is from 1580s.

Origin and meaning of ability

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Definitions of ability

ability (n.)
the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment;
ability (n.)
possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done;
Synonyms: power
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