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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The quality of being capable; ability.
  • noun A talent or ability that has potential for development or use.
  • noun The capacity to be used, treated, or developed for a specific purpose.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being capable; ability to receive, or power to do; capacity of undergoing or of doing; capacity; ability; capableness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being capable; capacity; capableness; esp. intellectual power or ability.
  • noun Capacity of being used or improved.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The power or ability to generate an outcome.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment
  • noun an aptitude that may be developed
  • noun the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally

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