From King Dictionary of Contemporary English capability ca‧pa‧bil‧i‧ty / ˌkeɪpəˈbɪləti / ●●○ AWL noun ( plural capabilities ) [countable ] 1 CAN the natural ability, skill, or power that makes a machine, person, or organization able to do something, especially something difficult the country’s manufacturing capability capability to do something Does the company have the capability to change to meet market needs? I can speak French, but simultaneous translation is beyond my capabilities . (=too difficult ) 2 PM the ability that a country has to take a particular kind of military action military/nuclear etc capability America’s nuclear capability Examples from the Corpus capability • It is generally sensible to limit the additional capabilities that the new desktop publishing product will give you to the bare minimum. • Reputation is a base of power stemming from others who have a favorable opinion of your work and capabilities. • This gives SuperCalc an impressive extra capability. • The patrol plane has an infrared capability, so that searches can be made in the dark. • The search can then focus on identifying those who exhibit the necessary leadership capabilities and track record. • Different mental capabilities are found in specific locations in the brain. • This was disturbing news to the South, whose naval capabilities were modest. • Its superscalar capabilities are not aggressive, but a higher clock rate is expected. • Man Ray explored the capabilities of the camera to their fullest extent. • It is unclear whether the country has the capability to produce nuclear weapons. • The country is nearing the capability to produce nuclear weapons. • The Intel version shares the capabilities of the portable source Unix version and is said to be easy to install. • This computer system gives the user the capability of accessing huge amounts of data. beyond ... capabilities • The sustained discipline required to keep accounts was boringly time-consuming and beyond the capabilities of most. • Ads shouldn't show machines performing beyond their capabilities. • In order to porpoise, baleen whales must reach four times their normal cruising speed - probably beyond their capabilities. • Many incidents and accidents are caused by lack of experience and the pilot unwittingly putting himself into situations beyond his capabilities. • Extended writing projects are usually beyond their capabilities, and what is produced may be illegible and of poor quality. military/nuclear etc capability • Control over these armed forces and the massive nuclear capability is uncertain. • With Bevin he also believed that Britain would have much less influence in Washington without some nuclear capability of her own.