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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality of being capable; ability.
  • n. A talent or ability that has potential for development or use. Often used in the plural: a student of great capabilities.
  • n. The capacity to be used, treated, or developed for a specific purpose: nuclear capability.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The power or ability to generate an outcome.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being capable; capacity; capableness; esp. intellectual power or ability.
  • n. Capacity of being used or improved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being capable; ability to receive, or power to do; capacity of undergoing or of doing; capacity; ability; capableness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment
  • n. an aptitude that may be developed
  • n. the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally

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