• Suitableness.
  • The quality or state of being able; capacity to do or of doing something; having the necessary power.
  • The legal wherewithal to act.
  • Physical power.
  • Financial ability.
  • A unique power of the mind; a faculty.
  • A skill or competence in doing; mental power; talent; aptitude.


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  • First attested in the 1300s. From Middle English abilite ("suitability, aptitude, ability"), from Middle French habilite, from Old French ablete, from Latin habilitās ("aptness, ability"), from habilis; equivalent to able + -ity.

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