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English noun: ability

1. ability (attribute) the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment


Broader (hypernym)quality


Narrower (hyponym)adaptability, capability, capableness, competence, competency, contractility, form, immunocompetence, interoperability, magical ability, magical power, Midas touch, penetration, physical ability, sensitiveness, sensitivity, totipotence, totipotency


Attributeable, unable


Antonymsinability, unfitness

2. ability (cognition) possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done


SamplesDanger heightened his powers of discrimination.


Synonymspower


Broader (hypernym)cognition, knowledge, noesis


Narrower (hyponym)accomplishment, acquirement, acquisition, aptitude, attainment, bilingualism, capacity, creative thinking, creativeness, creativity, faculty, hand, intelligence, know-how, leadership, mental ability, mental faculty, module, originality, science, skill, skill, superior skill


Attributeable


Antonymsinability









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