Synonyms of ability
1 capabilityDictionary • No one had faith in his ability to do the job.
capability • These tasks are far beyond her capabilities.
power • He was so drunk that he had lost the power of speech.
potential • The boy has potential.
facility • They shared a facility for languages.
capacity • Our capacity for giving care, love and attention is limited.
qualification • That time with him is my qualification to write the book.
competence • I regard him as a man of integrity and high professional competence.
potentiality • useful breeds whose potentiality has not been realized
2 skillDictionary • Her drama teacher spotted her ability.
skill • The cut of a diamond depends on the skill of its craftsman.
talent • Both her children have a talent for music.
know-how (informal) • He hasn't got the know-how to run a farm.
gift • As a youth he discovered a gift for teaching.
expertise • the lack of management expertise within the company
faculty • A faculty for self-preservation is necessary when you have friends like hers.
flair • She has a flair for languages.
accomplishment • She can now add basketball to her list of accomplishments.
knack • He's got the knack of getting people to listen.
aptitude • He discovered an aptitude for working in accounts.
proficiency • Evidence of basic proficiency in English is required.
dexterity • He showed great dexterity on the guitar.
cleverness • The artist demonstrates a cleverness with colours and textures.
adroitness • He governed with an adroitness that earned him the nickname 'old fox'.
craft • Lilyanne learned her craft of cooking from her grandmother.
endowment • individuals with higher-than-average intellectual endowments
Copyright © 2016 by HarperCollins Publishers. All rights reserved.
• She can now add basketball to her list of accomplishments.
adroitnessSomeone who is adroit is quick and skilful in their thoughts, behaviour, or actions. (noun)
• He governed with an adroitness that earned him the nickname 'old fox'.
Thesaurus for ability from the Collins English Thesaurus