[syn: capability, capableness, potentiality]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Capability \Ca`pa*bil"i*ty\, n.; pl. Capabilities.
1. The quality of being capable; capacity; capableness; esp.
intellectual power or ability.
A capability to take a thousand views of a subject.
2. Capacity of being used or improved.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the quality of being capable -- physically or
intellectually or legally; "he worked to the limits of his
capability" [syn: capability, capableness] [ant:
2: the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment;
"the capability of a metal to be fused" [syn: capability,
3: an aptitude that may be developed [syn: capability,
capableness, potentiality] [ant: incapability,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
114 Moby Thesaurus words for "capability":
ability, ableness, address, adeptness, adequacy, adroitness,
airmanship, aptitude, artfulness, artisanship, artistry, bravura,
brilliance, bump, caliber, capableness, capacity, cleverness,
command, competence, competency, condition, control, coordination,
craft, craftsmanship, cunning, deftness, dexterity, dexterousness,
dextrousness, diplomacy, dower, dowry, efficacy, efficiency,
endowment, equipment, expertise, facility, faculty, finesse,
fitness, fittedness, flair, forte, genius, gift, grace, grip,
handiness, horsemanship, ingeniousness, ingenuity, instinct,
know-how, long suit, makings, marksmanship, mastership, mastery,
maturity, means, metier, natural endowment, natural gift, parts,
potential, power, powers, practical ability, preparedness,
proficiency, prowess, qualification, quickness, readiness,
resource, resourcefulness, ripeness, savoir-faire, savvy,
seamanship, seasoning, skill, skillfulness, speciality,
strong flair, strong point, style, sufficiency, suitability,
suitableness, suitedness, susceptibility, tact, tactfulness,
talent, talents, technical brilliance, technical mastery,
technical skill, technique, tempering, the goods, the stuff,
timing, trim, virtuosity, what it takes, wherewithal, wit,
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
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
Compare access control list.