capability meaning

[ ˌkeipə'biliti ] Pronunciation:   "capability" in a sentence
  • Noun: capability  `keypu'bilitee
    1. The quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally
      "he worked to the limits of his capability"
      - capableness 
    2. The susceptibility of something to a particular treatment
      "the capability of a metal to be fused"
      - capacity 
    3. An aptitude that may be developed
      - capableness, potentiality

    Derived forms: capabilities

    See also: capable, incapable

    Type of: ability, aptitude, susceptibility, susceptibleness

    Antonym: incapability

    Encyclopedia: Capability

  • [Business]
    noun [C,U] (plural capabilities)

    the ability or qualities necessary to do sth:

    The task is well within her capabilities.

    They tried to expand beyond their distribution capabilities and ran into problems.

    Voice recognition capability has been added to the latest version of the software.

  • [Defence]
    The ability to execute a specified course of action.
    (A capability may or may not be accompanied by an intention.

  • [Computer]
    <operating system, security> An operating system security or access control model where specific types of access to a specific object are granted by giving a process this data structure or token.

    The token may be unforgeable (typically by using encryption or hardware "tagged" memory). Capabilities are used in OSes such as Hydra, KeyKOS, EROS, Chorus/Mix, and the Stanford V system. Similar to Kerberos, but in an OS context.

    Compare access control list.


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  1. their ultimate capabilities are still not fully understood.
  2. she has great capability as a singer and should be trained.
  3. it is not that elizabeth misjudges charlotte's capabilities.
  4. man gradually invented devices to extend his experimental capabilities.
  5. the third reason was the failure to comprehend clearly the capabilities of the enemy.

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