NOTE: implies the power to do something, or accomplish something.
NOTE: usually in expressions 'ability to do X' where 'X' describes the thing accomplished.
I will have no ability to call you on the cell phone from that cabin in the mountains.
These nations do not currently have the ability to pay back their loans.
After his stroke, he lost the ability to speak.
The terrorists, although weakened, still have some ability to strike urban centers.
This plane has the ability to fly upside down.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
NOTE: implies an inherent quality of a specific person or thing.
NOTE: usually in expressions with a preceding modifier that refers to the ability, 'artistic ability'
The child exhibited exceptional mathematical ability at a very early age.
The teacher believes the girl's test scores don't reflect her true ability. (inherent potential)
Bob has more natural ability as an athlete than Bill does.
This class is intended to develop the students' artistic abilities.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2
Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)