capability - definition and synonyms

noun [countable/uncountable] 

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  1. 1
    the ability to do something

    She could win the competition – she certainly has the capability.

    The firm wants to increase its manufacturing capability.

    the capability to do something:

    The train has the capability to reach speeds of over 200 miles per hour.

    the capability of doing something:

    He has the capability of becoming an excellent teacher.

  2. 2
    the number of weapons, soldiers etc that a country has for fighting a war
    military/defence capability:

    The country has virtually no military capability of its own.

    nuclear capability:

    The allies agreed to retain NATO’s nuclear capability.