From Middle English faculte (“power, property”), from Old French faculte, from Latin facultas (“capability, ability, skill, abundance, plenty, stock, goods, properly, Medieval Latin also a body of teachers”), another form of facilitas (“easiness, facility, etc.”), from facul, another form of facilis (“easy, facile”); see facile.
faculty (plural faculties)
- The scholarly staff at schools, colleges or universities, as opposed to the students or support staff.
- A division of a university (e.g. a Faculty of Science or Faculty of Medicine).
- An ability, skill, or power, often plural.
1974, Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., chapter 12, in The Myth of Mental Illness, ISBN 0-06-091151-4, page 201:
- I have used the notion of games so far as if it were familiar to most people. I think this is justified as everyone knows how to play some games. Accordingly, games serve admirably as models for the clarification of other, less well-understood, social-psychological phenomena. Yet the ability to follow rules, play games, and construct new games is a faculty not equally shared by all persons. [...]
- He lived until he reached the age of 90 with most of his faculties intact.
- A power, authority or privilege conferred by a higher authority
- See also Wikisaurus:faculty