from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix Ability, inclination, or suitability for a specified action or condition: teachability.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- suffix Forms a noun from a verb; ability, inclination or suitability for a specified function or condition.
Middle English -abilitie, from Old French -abilite, from Latin -ābilitās, from -ābilis, -able.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English -ablete, -iblete, -abilite, -ibilite, from Middle French -ableté, -ibleté, -abilité, -ibilité, from Latin -abilitas, -ibilitas, from -abilis ("able") or -ibilis ("able") + -tas or -ty (Wiktionary)
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