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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.]
  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. An institution specially designed for a specific purpose, such as incarceration, military use, or scientific experimentation.
  5. (Canada, US, in the plural) A toilet. [from 20th c.]

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