- (America) IPA: /əˈbɪl.ə.ti/, /əˈ.bɪl.ɪ.ti/
- (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).]
- This phone has the ability to have its software upgraded wirelessly.
- This wood has the ability to fight off insects, fungus, and mold for a considerable time.
- The legal wherewithal to act. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- (now, limited to Scottish 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 16 th century.]
- (countable) A skill or competence in doing; mental power; talent; aptitude. [First attested in the early 17 th century.]
- They are persons of ability, who will go far in life.
- She has an uncanny ability to defuse conflict.
- 1769, King James Bible, Acts of the Apostles 11:29
- Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren.
- (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
- French: capacité, pouvoir, habileté
- German: Fähigkeit
- Italian: abilità
- Portuguese: habilidade, capacidade
- Russian: возмо́жность
- Spanish: habilidad, capacidad
- Italian: capacità
- Portuguese: habilidade
- Russian: спосо́бность
- Spanish: habilidad
- Portuguese: destreza, perícia, habilidade, mestria