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- (uncountable, now rare) Ability of body or mind; power; force; vigor. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470.]
- (countable) The state of being able.
- ^ “ableness”, in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, →ISBN, page 5.