English Online Dictionary. What means ability? What does ability mean?
- abilitie, hability, habilitie (obsolete)
First attested in the 1300s. From Middle English abilite (“suitability, aptitude, ability”), from Old French ableté, from Latin habilitās (“aptness, ability”), from habilis (“apt, fit, skillful, able”); equivalent to able + -ity.
- IPA(key): /əˈbɪl.ə.ti/, /əˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/
- Rhymes: -ɪlɪti
ability (countable and uncountable, plural abilities)
- (obsolete) Suitableness. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 17th century.]
- (uncountable) The quality or state of being able; capacity to do or of doing something; having the necessary power. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- The legal wherewithal to act. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- (now limited to Scotland dialects) Physical power. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
- (archaic) Financial ability. [First attested in the early 16th century.]
- (uncountable) A unique power of the mind; a faculty. [First attested in the late 16th century.]
- (countable) A skill or competence in doing; mental power; talent; aptitude. [First attested in the early 17th century.]
- (quality or state of being able): capacity, faculty, capability
- (a skill or competence): See Thesaurus:skill
- (high level of skill or capability): talent, cleverness, dexterity, aptitude
- (suitability or receptiveness to be acted upon): capability, faculty, capacity, aptness, aptitude
- inability, unability
- “ability”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “ability”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.