noun, plural ca·pa·bil·i·ties.

  1. the quality of being capable; capacity; ability: His capability was unquestionable.
  2. the ability to undergo or be affected by a given treatment or action: the capability of glass in resisting heat.
  3. Usually capabilities. qualities, abilities, features, etc., that can be used or developed; potential: Though dilapidated, the house has great capabilities.

noun plural -ties

  1. the quality of being capable; ability
  2. the quality of being susceptible to the use or treatment indicatedthe capability of a metal to be fused
  3. (usually plural) a characteristic that may be developed; potential aptitude

1580s, from capable + -ity. Capabilities “undeveloped faculty or property” is attested from 1778.

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