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Synonyms for ability
əˈbɪl ɪ tiabil·i·ty

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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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. abilitynoun

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

    Synonyms:
    power

    Antonyms:
    inability, unfitness

  2. ability, powernoun

    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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. abilitynoun

    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. abilitynoun

    Synonyms:
    qualification, competency, sufficiency

  3. abilitynoun

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. abilitynoun

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

    Antonyms:
    inability, incapability

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How to use ability in a sentence?

  1. Ehsan Sehgal:

    The mind-reading is only a human magical ability and knowledge to figure out someone's thoughts, emotions, and body language while spiritual inspiration comes from divine lights towards blessed people, there is the evil inspiration too. Between that, one has to use his wisdom to see and feel good and the bad.

  2. Kay Stepper:

    To complete the ability, to get what I would call a robust and reliable model of the environment around the vehicle, you would need to add a fourth sensing technology, in addition to cameras, radar and ultrasonics, now [ you'd have to add ] lidar.

  3. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    To be pessimist is to amputate one’s own legs and arms! Only an optimist man has the ability to move!

  4. Ehsan Sehgal:

    One can realize a reality that a majority enjoys the open markets, where one finds the cheapest, but low-quality materials which no one bothers. Conversely, the specialty shops that decorate and sell expensive and quality materials; a few ones visit that since both factors logically depend on one's capacity and power of perches. Similarly, each field defines and holds such stage and level in the sense of competency, whether financial, qualification, vision, or ability to approach the point. In this prospect; indeed, one experiences in the literature of all forms and categories that the mass of minds reads low and senseless writings; whereas, neglect and disdain the academic and visionary writing and subject. The distinction that describes and shows the natural human history, which never prevails upon pure skill and wisdom that becomes authentic, quotable, and worthy quotation for all the times.

  5. Deborah Fox:

    People who struggle with anxiety often have a hard time relaxing, so their ability to tune into their sexual sensations and allow arousal to happen is compromised, they put so much energy into managing their anxiety that takes them away from enjoying themselves — including the spiciness of sex.

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