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uh bi luh tee

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

  • Researchers found that when students were told that the golf challenge was a test of "natural athletic ability," black students performed better than whites.
  • 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.
  • It seems that the ability to delay gratification is a master skill, a triumph of the reasoning brain over the impulsive one.
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  • Arsene Wenger in The Canadian Press
    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...
  • Samuel Alito in BusinessWeek
    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.
  • Robert Gates in Wall Street Journal
    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...

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