Definition 2022



See also: ability


Alternative forms



  1. Forms a noun from a verb; ability, inclination or suitability for a specified function or condition.

Usage notes

  • Most words ending in "ability" formed in English are first attested after corresponding words ending in -able.
  • Note that this is not simply -able + -ity: in English it is a parallel formation, not a compound suffix: there is a sound and spelling change. Compare -ably (compound suffix) and -ification (parallel suffix).
  • Some words ending in "ability" are alterations of words of French origin ending in "abilité" or, possibly, Latin words ending in "abilitas".

Derived terms

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