(n.) The quality or state of being able; power to perform, whether physical, moral, intellectual, conventional, or legal; capacity; skill or competence in doing; sufficiency of strength, skill, resources, etc.; - in the plural, faculty, talent.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Ability'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/a/ability.html. 1828.