-ability

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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

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-ability

  1. Forms a noun from a verb; ability, inclination or suitability for a specified function or condition.

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  • Most words ending in "ability" formed in English are first attested after corresponding words ending in "able".
  • Some words ending in "ability" are alterations of words of French origin ending in "abilité" or, possibly, Latin words ending in "abilitas".

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