What is ability and what does ability mean? Read about the definition and meaning of ability


  1. Ability is the power or capacity to do or act physically, mentally, legally, morally, financially and so on
  2. Competence in an activity or occupation because of one’s skill, training, or other qualification
  3. talents, special skills or aptitudes

Etymology & Origin of ability

First coined circa 1350, from the Latin word ablete.

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