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Main Entry: abil·i·ty
Pronunciation: schwa-primarystressbil-schwat-emacron
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural -ties
1 a : the quality or state of being able : power to do something b : competence in doing : SKILL
2 : natural or learned skill
synonyms ABILITY, APTITUDE, TALENT mean the capacity for doing or achieving something. ABILITY suggests having from birth the power to do a thing especially well <always has had the ability to run fast>. APTITUDE suggests a quickness to learn and a natural liking usually for a field or activity <people with a natural aptitude for computers>. TALENT suggests a great ability to create things and one that needs to be developed <you should work on your talent for writing short stories>.

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