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From Middle French facilité, and its source, Latin facilitās.



facility ‎(plural facilities)

  1. The fact of being easy, or easily done; absence of difficulty, simplicity. [from 16th c.]
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      Clytomachus affirmed, that he could never understand by the writings of Carneades, what opinion he was of. Why hath Epicurus interdicted facility unto his Sectaries?
  2. Dexterity of speech or action; skill, talent. [from 16th c.]
    The facility she shows in playing the violin is unrivalled.
  3. The physical means or contrivances to make something (especially a public service) possible; the required equipment, infrastructure, location etc. [from 19th c.]
    Transport facilities in Bangkok are not sufficient to prevent frequent traffic collapses during rush hour.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 1, in Internal Combustion:
      As though on an incendiary rampage, the fires systematically devoured the contents of Edison's headquarters and facilities.
  4. (Canada, US, in the plural) A toilet. [from 20th c.]

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