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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ABILITY

We are fortunate in the ability and integrity of our Federal judges and attorneys.

Peace can be contributed to by respect for our ability in defense.

This accounts for his ability to get through in one day more than most people do in a week.

The ability to love cleanly and absolutely is the supreme virtue.

Instead, she was inclined to boast over her ability to bamboozle men at her will.

He collected his thoughts to the best of his ability to answer the questions put to him.

She was a remarkable woman—remarkable for beauty, for ability, and for position.

It is required from you to give proofs of intellectual energy and ability.

But ask me what you please, and I will answer to the best of my ability.

But never doubt their ability to dislike from the beginning!

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French ableté "expert at handling (something)," from Latin habilitatem (nominative habilitas) "aptitude," noun of quality from habilis "easy to manage, handy" (see able). One case where a Latin silent -h- failed to make a return in English (despite efforts of 16c.-17c. scholars); see H.

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