ability vs capability

ability capability

Definitions

  • 1) The quality of being able to do something, especially the physical, mental, financial, or legal power to accomplish something.
  • 2) A skill, talent, or capacity.
  • 3) The quality of being suitable for or receptive to a specified treatment.
  • 4) The quality or state of being able; power to perform, whether physical, moral, intellectual, conventional, or legal; capacity; skill or competence in doing; sufficiency of strength, skill, resources, etc.; -- in the plural, faculty, talent.
  • 5) the quality of being able to perform; a quality that permits or facilitates achievement or accomplishment
  • 6) possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
  • 7) The state or condition of being able; power or capacity to do or act in any relation; competence in any occupation or field of action, from the possession of capacity, skill, means, or other qualification.
  • 8) See -able, -bility, -ibility.
  • 9) The condition of being able to pay or to meet pecuniary obligations; possession of means: called distinctively financial or pecuniary ability.
  • 10) Abilities, Talents, Parts, etc. (see genius), gifts, faculty, aptitude, accomplishments.
  • 11) That which is within one's power to do; best endeavor.
  • 12) plural In a concrete sense, talents; mental gifts or endowments.
  • 13) Synonyms Ability, Capacity, power, strength, skill, dexterity; faculty, capability, qualification, efficiency. Ability denotes active power or power to perform, and is used with regard to power of any kind. Capacity conveys the idea of receptiveness, of the possession of resources; it is potential rather than actual, and may be no more than undeveloped ability. Ability is manifested in action, while capacity does not imply action, as when we speak of a capacity for virtue. Capacity is the gift of nature; ability is partly the result of education or opportunity.

Definitions

  • 1) The power or ability to generate an outcome.
  • 2) The quality of being capable; ability.
  • 3) A talent or ability that has potential for development or use.
  • 4) The capacity to be used, treated, or developed for a specific purpose.
  • 5) The quality of being capable; capacity; capableness; esp. intellectual power or ability.
  • 6) Capacity of being used or improved.
  • 7) the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally
  • 8) an aptitude that may be developed
  • 9) the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment
  • 10) The quality of being capable; ability to receive, or power to do; capacity of undergoing or of doing; capacity; ability; capableness.

Examples

  • 1) He is a athlete and has great ability.
  • 2) He told me a natural ability will only take you so far.
  • 3) They have a lot of technical ability in midfield.
  • 4) He had this uncanny ability to slide tackle.
  • 5) But there was still a relationship between chess skill and cognitive ability in skilled players.
  • 6) Football has a great ability to cast a spotlight on an issue for a period before the beam is focused elsewhere.
  • 7) For most of scientific history, humans have considered themselves unique in their cognitive abilities.
  • 8) Do this hard and often enough, and the insulin will lose its ability to charm glucose into your cells.
  • 9) He said it showed 'our ability to sharpen our edge and improve our competitiveness '.
  • 10) From a sound defence, and confidence in your ability to stay in, all else follows.
  • 11) You have the blend of ability and confidence you need at work or in a job search.
  • 12) They all had the kind of natural ability that makes the rest of us ogle.
  • 13) It is not about their technical ability.
  • 14) His media power and his campaigning ability are his great strength.
  • 15) It is one that has to convince voters of its competence and ability to deliver.
  • 16) Pupils should attend schools graded on ability only.
  • 17) It may tell a lot about your own management style and leadership ability.
  • 18) Their uncanny and unfailing ability to make life as difficult as possible for themselves.
  • 19) You lose the ability to improve fast.
  • 20) We need faculty who can combine many different abilities and skills.
  • 21) Their special quality was an ability to work both intelligently and commercially.
  • 22) This further reduced my confidence in their ability to do what was required to win this war.
  • 23) She seems to have enough belief and natural ability.
  • 24) If he turns it round and shows his ability then he is a real asset.
  • 25) He brought a striking intelligence as well as technical ability to his work.
  • 26) To lose that ability to pursue would be very damaging.
  • 27) He did as instructed, but ended up compromising his considerable athletic ability.
  • 28) Tests and brain scans also suggested improved language acquisition, memory and cognitive abilities.
  • 29) He's got great ability and can run all day.
  • 30) The company has a training centre in Snowdonia where people test their leadership abilities in groups.
  • 31) Otherwise it will lack competence, ability, and strength in the areas in which it needs them the most.
  • 32) Spending beyond your ability is a horrible trait in any one but in a government it is criminal.
  • 33) And this ability is analogous to writing well with insightful things to say.
  • 34) I am sure that the ability is there, but know that my record of harnessing it is not very promising.
  • 35) “This ability is usually associated with direct marketing campaigns such as telemarketing, e-mail marketing, or direct mail.”
  • 36) This ability is the one persistent clue to his secret origins; it's also the reason he is pursued by Rahul Moghe, the only other person with this ability.
  • 37) It is Indonesia's many layers that have allowed moderate Islam to flourish in this nation of 240 million people, said Hasyim, explaining that NU has taken on the posture of moderation, which he called the ability to balance between faith and tolerance.
  • 38) Clayton devised the first empirical tests for wisdom, which she defined as the ability to acquire knowledge and analyze it both logically and emotionally — picking up on the work begun by Socrates, around the time the Peloponnesian War began to turn into what we would call a "quagmire."
  • 39) He was eloquent which I define as the ability to take complex things and make them simple to understand to a jury of your peers.
  • 40) Why is it that all the other candidates were and are fully connected with their voice - which I define as the ability to fully and richly communicate who you are, what you stand for, and why you should be entrusted with the presidency?
  • 41) ‘All you are paying for is the ability to say that you've seen it early.’
  • 42) ‘Britain should adopt a graduated income tax based on the ability to pay.’
  • 43) ‘Finally, a more equal system of registration fees should be introduced, based on the ability to pay.’
  • 44) ‘The defendant denied that, and said that Michael worked and had the ability to pay.’
  • 45) ‘But to my mind the most important thing by far is the ability to motivate and get the best out of people.’
  • 46) ‘He has skills and knowledge and an ability to work all over the world that the older men simply don't have.’
  • 47) ‘Perhaps, but how many have charisma and the ability to motivate and inspire players?’
  • 48) ‘The one thing we need right now is enthusiasm and the ability to motivate a squad.’
  • 49) ‘You possess the ability to back your strong imagination with will and action.’
  • 50) ‘It was, in its own way, a triumph: the message of a voiceless woman who never lost her ability to speak.’
  • 51) ‘I'm convinced that he possesses the individual technical ability to be in the France team.’
  • 52) ‘Making soup requires very little in the way of culinary skills apart from an ability to chop vegetables.’
  • 53) ‘Many sources cited in the book pay tribute to his ability to include others, to lead.’
  • 54) ‘He has professional experience and has the ability to serve in any controlling body.’
  • 55) ‘Mario Jardel has the potential and the ability to become a Bolton Wanderers hero.’
  • 56) ‘That gave them a chance and all they lacked was the ability to dominate less experienced opponents.’
  • 57) ‘He possesses that rare ability to unlock defences to break a stalemate.’
  • 58) ‘The boy possesses the uncanny ability to eat like an elephant and remain as skinny as a stick.’
  • 59) ‘He has pace, skill, an ability to shoot with both feet, and incredible shot accuracy.’
  • 60) ‘Those countries first have to have access to knowledge and the ability to use knowledge.’
  • 61) ‘She utilized her resources to the best of her ability.’
  • 62) ‘I'd never seen her in a show before, so I had no idea the extent of her ability.’
  • 63) ‘It is a mark of her ability that the player has managed to remain in the world's top five despite the injuries.’
  • 64) ‘His pace and score-taking ability impressed many in the final games of the season.’
  • 65) ‘This indicates that differences in the rate of accumulation of economic knowledge due to natural ability do not exist.’
  • 66) ‘Does anyone think leadership ability can be quantified?’
  • 67) ‘This is the sort of film that doesn't really require much acting ability.’
  • 68) ‘The company is part of an empire with proven marketing ability, especially in selling music.’
  • 69) ‘He's got pace, he's aggressive, and for a big lad he's got some ability.’
  • 70) ‘His only interests were games - he was of average ability in football and cricket.’
  • 71) ‘His mother was a woman of great ability, balanced and thoughtful.’

Examples

  • 1) Their awesome nuclear capabilities make direct war between them inconceivable.
  • 2) This will damage the fighting capabilities of the armed forces.
  • 3) We can be reasonably sure of the military capability we need.
  • 4) The new focus must be on the quality and capability of both clinical and managerial leadership.
  • 5) You need full physical capability to fly.
  • 6) Pakistan combines a weak civilian government and a nuclear capability.
  • 7) But this also requires a capability to fight for an extended period with conventional weapons alone.
  • 8) But radical thinking is required to ensure that our military capability is preserved and enhanced.
  • 9) So we are first focused on improving and enhancing the physical capability of robots.
  • 10) He says that he has been shown detailed intelligence assessments of the new nuclear capability by a foreign government.
  • 11) The defence industry also provides the country with sovereign capabilities such as nuclear submarines that are needed for national security.
  • 12) With our global capability and experience, we can make further ground.
  • 13) We want a real Army with real equipment and real fighting capability.
  • 14) We're losing confidence in our military capabilities.
  • 15) I interview people based on experience and capabilities.
  • 16) This week, learn how to enhance your mental capabilities so you can perform better in all spheres of life.
  • 17) As enemy capabilities grew, American commitment also grew.
  • 18) ‘This would serve to strengthen the range of the product on offer, thereby increasing the capability to capture a wider market.’
  • 19) ‘No other nation has such an impressive capability to project power and influence.’
  • 20) ‘The market power resides in the capability to give less and charge more.’
  • 21) ‘There is a capability to bring them in from all over the country.’
  • 22) ‘They were interested in Knock Airport and had the capability of bringing a significant number of jobs to the base.’
  • 23) ‘Camp touches the lives of all its participants and provides experiences that have the capability to transform people.’
  • 24) ‘He should single out carefully those who have strong commitment and capability to implement any programs set by the administration.’
  • 25) ‘I'm not questioning a woman's capability to have intelligent conversation.’
  • 26) ‘On its own, New Zealand will struggle to maintain the capacity and capability to regulate therapeutic products into the future.’
  • 27) ‘He is showing his capability of being a strong and secure president through these troubled times.’
  • 28) ‘That means Pakistan also has capability to produce these grenades.’
  • 29) ‘Not many countries have the technological capability to produce and supply generic drugs even if the laws permit that.’
  • 30) ‘Do we have the intellectual capability to understand the deepest principles behind the harmony and complexity of Nature?’
  • 31) ‘As the capability of flash has increased so has the demand for people to create flash movies.’
  • 32) ‘Those with money or access to money are becoming the only ones with the capability of placing an initiative on the ballot.’
  • 33) ‘He definitely showed his talents and capability to win.’
  • 34) ‘We all know that India has the talent and capability to win a medal.’
  • 35) ‘A salesperson cannot afford to make promises which the organization does not have the competence or capability to meet.’
  • 36) ‘Again, Filmbox's capability to generate images immediately led the Bravo producers to call on Kaydara.’
  • 37) ‘We're not there yet, but we have the capability of tracking products now.’
  • 38) ‘In effect, Gua acted like a human child to the extent of her physical capabilities.’
  • 39) ‘Some drivers are afraid to drive the car to the full extent of its capabilities.’
  • 40) ‘Symes showed the extent of his capabilities in the club's biggest game in its recent history.’
  • 41) ‘I was scared that things would all go wrong and that it would really reflect badly on me and my abilities and capabilities.’
  • 42) ‘It is beyond my capabilities to comprehend the level of evil that has infected the minds of these people.’
  • 43) ‘The cognitive capabilities and skills of robots are doubling every few months.’
  • 44) ‘It is a condition which has affected his ability to let people know his true capabilities.’
  • 45) ‘They were able to draw on their capabilities and reach their goals.’
  • 46) ‘The student should clearly understand his capabilities and identify his aptitude for higher education and a career.’
  • 47) ‘Two thousand and four concluded with the leadership capabilities of the Prime Minister still in question.’
  • 48) ‘Through hardships we discover what we are really made of, our physical, emotional, mental capabilities.’
  • 49) ‘There is a grain of truth here - he stubbornly refuses to accept that age matters, or there is a limit to human capabilities.’
  • 50) ‘This mission is well beyond the capability of conventional chemically powered spacecraft.’
  • 51) ‘The experiences the baby has in the first few years of their life determines the intellectual capability of the child.’
  • 52) ‘It is beyond my capability to comprehend how someone could starve a baby to death.’
  • 53) ‘A software feature is a capability for completing a certain task that has been designed into a system.’
  • 54) ‘Though smaller, the chip sports better graphics capabilities and performance.’
  • 55) ‘No real computer possesses greater problem-solving capability than that of Turing's idealized machine.’
  • 56) ‘What if we all traded our PCs for really smart mobile phones with voice interfaces and computing capability?’
  • 57) ‘Throw in email capability and the Google search engine, and you had, hands down, the best Web site in the world.’
  • 58) ‘However, such software also provides Weblog capabilities for its individual members.’
  • 59) ‘Its chips are also used in personal computers to enhance graphics capabilities.’
  • 60) ‘Hyperlinking is a technological capability that enables one specific Web site to link directly to another.’
  • 61) ‘The UMA switching capability is based on software from industry leader Kineto Wireless.’
  • 62) ‘With the phone's Bluetooth capability, one can also print e-mails or images directly from the handset.’
  • 63) ‘You can control and schedule each computer's Internet access capabilities.’
  • 64) ‘The deal will enable VeriSign to offer multimedia messaging capabilities and interoperability services to carriers.’
  • 65) ‘There are a lot of software packages pitching reboot capability at the moment.’
  • 66) ‘I still need to find out if I have FireWire capability and how much available hard disk space I have.’
  • 67) ‘When it comes to the crunch, very few relational database vendors can truly claim to offer a revolutionary XML capability.’
  • 68) ‘Sound cards have audio capabilities that far exceed what telephones can do.’
  • 69) ‘The custom circuitry also has an extended recursive look-up capability.’
  • 70) ‘But now we had the benefit of Microsoft Outlook, massive Email storage capabilities and bandwidth.’
  • 71) ‘To achieve these resolution standards, you will need a camera of at least 3.1 megapixels capability.’
  • 72) ‘Its intelligent indexing offers a fast search capability to find any information required’
  • 73) ‘Typically, operational centers of gravity are military capabilities or forces.’
  • 74) ‘The author cites an absence of Baltic military capability as another NATO obstacle.’
  • 75) ‘They also need to understand how military capability is empirically related to the functionality of systems.’
  • 76) ‘Does the absence of a chemical-warfare tactical capability hurt the U.S. military?’
  • 77) ‘Acquiring nuclear weapons capability clearly would be a difficult undertaking for such organizations.’
  • 78) ‘The need to apply appropriate military capability prudently is paramount.’
  • 79) ‘Her experiences at Scutari convinced her that the impediment to maximal military capability was illness.’
  • 80) ‘Nations are restructuring their military capabilities to provide such forces more easily.’
  • 81) ‘The strategic aim of strike is to effectively deprive the enemy of the capability to employ military forces in the pursuit of their aim.’
  • 82) ‘He said deployment of the WLRs were part of the force protection capability offered by the Australian Army.’
  • 83) ‘The creation of a European arms industry was linked to plans for a military capability independent of NATO.’
  • 84) ‘There's been a big buildup in military capability, in missiles deployed along the mainland coast.’
  • 85) ‘In any case, only the United States has the military capability to undertake global operations by itself.’
  • 86) ‘Both new countries had to reduce their military capability and both states had to pay reparations for war damage.’
  • 87) ‘This compels the Army to accelerate the development of selected future force capabilities.’
  • 88) ‘Military capability is the other indispensable component of defense.’
  • 89) ‘People are an essential element of any military capability.’
  • 90) ‘The huge effort to build up the U.S. presence in the Middle East taxed the Air Force's airlift capability.’
  • 91) ‘First, how much conventional war-fighting capability should the US military retain?’
  • 92) ‘Currently there is no deployable capability for the European Rapid Reaction Force.’
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