Adjective "ability" definition and examples

(Ability may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Possession of the means or skill to do something.
  1. 'Making soup requires very little in the way of culinary skills apart from an ability to chop vegetables.'
  2. 'Britain should adopt a graduated income tax based on the ability to pay.'
  3. 'I'm convinced that he possesses the individual technical ability to be in the France team.'
  4. 'Those countries first have to have access to knowledge and the ability to use knowledge.'
  5. 'He has pace, skill, an ability to shoot with both feet, and incredible shot accuracy.'
  6. 'He has professional experience and has the ability to serve in any controlling body.'
  7. 'That gave them a chance and all they lacked was the ability to dominate less experienced opponents.'
  8. 'The one thing we need right now is enthusiasm and the ability to motivate a squad.'
  9. 'The defendant denied that, and said that Michael worked and had the ability to pay.'
  10. 'It was, in its own way, a triumph: the message of a voiceless woman who never lost her ability to speak.'
Talent, skill, or proficiency in a particular area.
  1. count noun 'pupils of all abilities'
  2. 'I'd never seen her in a show before, so I had no idea the extent of her ability.'
  3. 'Does anyone think leadership ability can be quantified?'
  4. 'His only interests were games - he was of average ability in football and cricket.'
  5. 'This indicates that differences in the rate of accumulation of economic knowledge due to natural ability do not exist.'
  6. 'His pace and score-taking ability impressed many in the final games of the season.'

More definitions

1. power or capacity to do or act physically, mentally, legally, morally, financially, etc.

2. competence in an activity or occupation because of one's skill, training, or other qualification: the ability to sing well.

3. abilities, talents; special skills or aptitudes: Composing music is beyond his abilities.

More examples(as adjective)

"grounds can be ability."

"graces can be ability."


Late Middle English: from Old French ablete, from Latin habilitas, from habilis ‘able’.


to the best of one's ability