English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'ability'

(noun) 
Definition
possession of the necessary skill or power to do something
No one had faith in his ability to do the job.
Synonyms
capability
These tasks are far beyond her capabilities.
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power
He was so terrified that he had lost the power of speech.
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potential
The boy has potential.
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facility
They shared a facility for languages.
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capacity
Our capacity for giving care, love and attention is limited.
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qualification
That time with him is my qualification to write the book.
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competence
I regard her as a woman of integrity and high professional competence.
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competency
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potentiality
useful breeds whose potentiality has not been realized
Opposites
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powerlessness
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incapability
(noun) 
Definition
great skill or competence
Her drama teacher spotted her ability.
Synonyms
skill
The cut of a diamond depends on the skill of its craftsman.
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talent
Both her children have a talent for music.
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know-how (informal)
He hasn't got the know-how to run a farm.
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gift
As a youth he discovered a gift for teaching.
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expertise
the lack of management expertise within the company
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faculty
a faculty for self-preservation
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flair
She has a flair for languages.
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accomplishment
She can now add basketball to her list of accomplishments.
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knack
He's got the knack of getting people to listen.
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aptitude
He discovered an aptitude for working in accounts.
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proficiency
Evidence of basic proficiency in English is required.
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dexterity
He showed great dexterity on the guitar.
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cleverness
The artist demonstrates a cleverness with colours and textures.
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adroitness
He governed with an adroitness that earned him the nickname `old fox'.
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craft
Lilyanne learned her craft of cooking from her grandmother.
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endowment
individuals with higher-than-average intellectual endowments

Quotation

From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs [Karl MarxCritique of the Gotha Programme]

Additional synonyms

in the sense of accomplishment
Definition
personal abilities or skills
She can now add basketball to her list of accomplishments.
in the sense of adeptness
in the sense of adroitness
He governed with an adroitness that earned him the nickname `old fox'.
Synonyms
artfulness,
quick-wittedness,
ingeniousness,
masterfulness,
ableness,
skilfulness,

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