ability ability  /ə ˈbɪ lə ti/


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



  1. Researchers found that when students were told that the golf challenge was a test of "natural athletic ability," black students performed better than whites.
  2. The Investigative Agency's harsh interrogations are likely to have damaged the brains of terrorist suspects, diminishing their ability to recall and provide detailed information.
  3. It seems that the ability to delay gratification is a master skill, a triumph of the reasoning brain over the impulsive one.


  1. Computer screens could be hurting your driving ability, doctor says

    Many of us spend hours on the computer either working or playing, and all that staring at the computer screen could have a negative impact on your driving ability.
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Live 5 News Charleston

  2. Experts dispute NSA leaker's claim about ability to wiretap anyone

    Experts are doubting Edward Snowden's claim that he had the ability to wiretap anyone at anytime.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Deseret News

  3. Weather affecting farmers' ability to plant crops

    Cool and wet conditions are continuing across South Dakota and have limited farmers' ability to complete fieldwork. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers had ...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News


  1. "Koscielny is a central defender with great ability who performed extremely well last season for Lorient," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "We identified him as a very strong centre half, who has made big progress very quickly. He has...
    on Jul 7, 2010 By: Arsene Wenger Source: The Canadian Press

  2. The right to bear arms "is fully binding on the states and thus limits (but by no means eliminates) their ability to devise solutions to social problems that suit local needs and values," Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the court.
    on Jun 28, 2010 By: Samuel Alito Source: BusinessWeek

  3. "Speaking for the Department of Defense, once the commander in chief makes his decisions, we will salute and execute those decisions faithfully and to the best of our ability," Mr. Gates said to the annual gathering of the Association of the...
    on Oct 5, 2009 By: Robert Gates Source: Wall Street Journal

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