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Synonyms for ability
əˈbɪl ɪ ti

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ability(noun)

    the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment

    Synonyms:
    power

    Antonyms:
    inability, unfitness

  2. ability, power(noun)

    possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done

    "danger heightened his powers of discrimination"

    Synonyms:
    power, exponent, index, major power, great power, might, tycoon, force, magnate, top executive, world power, business leader, powerfulness, mightiness, baron, big businessman, superpower, mogul, office, king

    Antonyms:
    inability, unfitness

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ability

    Power is the most general term of this group, including every quality, property, or faculty by which any change, effect, or result is, or may be, produced; as, the power of the legislature to enact laws, or of the executive to enforce them; the power of an acid to corrode a metal; the power of a polished surface to reflect light. Ability is nearly coextensive with power, but does not reach the positiveness and vigor that may be included in the meaning of power, ability often implying latent, as distinguished from active power; we speak of an exertion of power, but not of an exertion of ability. Power and ability include capacity, which is power to receive; but ability is often distinguished from capacity, as power that may be manifested in doing, as capacity is in receiving; one may have great capacity for acquiring knowledge, and yet not possess ability to teach. Efficiency is active power to effect a definite result, the power that actually does, as distinguished from that which may do. Competency is equal to the occasion, readiness prompt for the occasion. Faculty is an inherent quality of mind or body; talent, some special mental ability. Dexterity and skill are readiness and facility in action, having a special end; talent is innate, dexterity and skill are largely acquired. Our abilities include our natural capacity, faculties, and talents, with all the dexterity, skill, and readiness that can be acquired. Efficacy is the power to produce an intended effect as shown in the production of it; as, the efficacy of a drug. Efficiency is effectual agency, competent power; efficiency is applied in mechanics as denoting the ratio of the effect produced to the power expended in producing it; but this word is chiefly used of intelligent agents as denoting the quality that brings all one's power to bear promptly and to the best purpose on the thing to be done. Compare ADDRESS; DEXTERITY; SKILFUL.

    Synonyms:
    aptitude, capability, capacity, cleverness, cogency, competency, dexterity, efficacy, efficiency, energy, expertness, faculty, force, might, power, qualification, readiness, skill, strength, susceptibility, talent

    Antonyms:
    awkwardness, dulness, feebleness, helplessness, imbecility, impotence, inability, inaptitude, incapacity, incompetence, inefficiency, maladroitness, stupidity, unskilfulness, weakness

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. ability

    Synonyms:
    power, cleverness, faculty, skill, capacity, talent, expertness, aptitude, dexterity, efficiency, competency, qualification

    Antonyms:
    weakness, incapacity, imbecility, inability, unreadiness, maladroitness

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. ability(n.)

    Synonyms:
    power (to execute any thing), ableness, force, potency, might, efficiency, efficacy, strength, energy, skill, skilfulness, dexterity, address, cleverness, ingenuity, talent, aptitude, aptness, knack, expertness, facility, quickness, readiness

  2. ability(n.)

    Synonyms:
    qualification, competency, sufficiency

  3. ability(n.)

    Synonyms:
    CAPACITY, capability, capableness, faculty, gift, parts, genius, endowment, calibre, forte, turn

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. ability(n)

    Synonyms:
    competence, efficiency, aptitude, capacity, skill, proficiency, capability

    Antonyms:
    inability, incapability

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How to use ability in a sentence?

  1. Kirstjen Nielsen:

    Today, legal loopholes significantly hinder the Department's ability to appropriately detain and promptly remove family units that have no legal basis to remain in the country, this rule addresses one of the primary pull factors for illegal immigration and allows the federal government to enforce immigration laws as passed by Congress.

  2. George Bernard Shaw:

    Martyrdom is the only way a person can become famous without ability.

  3. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer:

    Our ability to meet the needs is severely compromised when the national stockpile is not able to meet our need and we are told to go find it on our own, gov.( J.B.) Pritzker in Illinois said, you know, we're bidding against one another, that Wild West is the Wild West, I think is how he phrased it.

  4. Charles Littnan:

    This is a good example that no matter how well studied or watched an animal is, it is always going to present The HMSRP with something The HMSRP have never seen before, sometimes it is an amazing demonstration of intelligence or physical ability, sometimes it is a juvenile seal with an eel stuck in its nostril.

  5. Leigh Stringer:

    Pushing yourself for a few weeks is okay... but after a while it becomes really detrimental to your health and ability to do work at the same quality level.


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