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Definitions of capacity

  1. the susceptibility of something to a particular treatment; " the capability of a metal to be fused"
  2. an electrical phenomenon whereby an electric charge is stored
  3. the maximum production possible; " the plant is working at 80 per cent capacity"
  4. a specified function; " he was employed in the capacity of director"; " he should be retained in his present capacity at a higher salary"
  5. tolerance for alcohol; " he had drunk beyond his capacity"
  6. ability to perform or produce
  7. the power to learn or retain knowledge; in law, the ability to understand the facts and significance of your behavior
  8. ( computer science) the amount of information ( in bytes) that can be stored on a disk drive; " the capacity of a hard disk drive is usually expressed in megabytes"
  9. the amount that can be contained; " the gas tank has a capacity of 12 gallons"
  10. The power of receiving and holding ideas, knowledge, etc.; the comprehensiveness of the mind; the receptive faculty; capability of undestanding or feeling.
  11. Ability; power pertaining to, or resulting from, the possession of strength, wealth, or talent; possibility of being or of doing.
  12. Outward condition or circumstances; occupation; profession; character; position; as, to work in the capacity of a mason or a carpenter.
  13. Legal or noral qualification, as of age, residence, character, etc., necessary for certain purposes, as for holding office, for marrying, for making contracts, will, etc.; legal power or right; competency.
  14. The power of receiving or containing; extent of room or space; passive power; - used in reference to physical things.
  15. The power of receiving or containing; the power of containing a certain quantity exactly; the amount that can be contained; mental ability; profession; position.
  16. 1. The potential cubic contents of a cavity or receptacle. 2. Ability, power to do.
  17. Power of holding or grasping a thing: room: power of mind: character.
  18. Power of holding; mental power; character; position.
  19. Ability to receive, contain, understand, etc.; cubic extent; ability; talent; character or office; also, legal qualification.
  20. The power of containing or holding; room; capability; ability; character; legal qualification.
  21. The power of containing; extent of room or space; the power of receiving instruction; ability; profession or occupation.
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Quotes of capacity

  1. The capacity to combine commitment with skepticism is essential to democracy. – Mary Catherine Bateson
  2. I think the most important factor in getting out of the recession actually is just the regenerative capacity of- of American capitalism. – Warren Buffett
  3. The sum of the whole is plainly this: The nature of man considered in his single capacity and with respect only to the present world, is adapted and leads him to attain the greatest happiness he can for himself in the present world. – Joseph Butler
  4. The very exercise of leadership fosters capacity for it. – Cyril Falls
  5. The creative individual has the capacity to free himself from the web of social pressures in which the rest of us are caught. He is capable of questioning the assumptions that the rest of us accept. – John W. Gardner
  6. In our early period we pretty much survived or perished on our capacity to reach people, and on getting into the pattern of having no money and playing lots of shows. – Peter Garrett
  7. For example, the opposition between acute and grave phonemes has the capacity to suggest an image of bright and dark, of pointed and rounded, of thin and thick, of light and heavy, etc. – Roman Jakobson
  8. The PRC is the big brother in this relationship, and it has the capacity to be generous to Taiwan on this issue in a manner that might do much to defuse that issue internally in Taiwan. – William Kirby
  9. The teacher must derive not only the capacity but the desire, to observe natural phenomena. The teacher must understand and feel her position of observer: the activity must lie in the phenomenon. – Maria Montessori
  10. Genius... is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one. – Ezra Pound
  11. To achieve lasting literature, fictional or factual, a writer needs perceptive vision, absorptive capacity and creative strength. – Lawrence Clark Powell
  12. Certainly it is wrong to be cruel to animals and the destruction of a whole species can be a great evil. The capacity for feelings of pleasure and pain and for the form of life of which animals are capable clearly impose duties of compassion and humanity in their case. – John Rawls
  13. We are simply human beings. So it is important for us to treat each other in that capacity – Justin Sane
  14. Sight and touch, being thus increased in capacity might belong to some species far superior to man; or rather the human species would be far different had all the senses been thus improved. – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
  15. The labour of the farmers, no doubt is of greater value than the financial capacity of the government and non -government institutions which can only play a supportive role. – Girma Woldegiorgis

Usage examples for capacity

  1. The first is your capacity and the other is your duty. – The Duke's Children by Anthony Trollope
  2. It is about twelve feet in length and has a capacity of about eighteen gallons. – Common Diseases of Farm Animals by R. A. Craig, D. V. M.
  3. You and your kind have not the capacity for loving. – The Northern Light by E. Werner
  4. The President in his military capacity might properly permit the people to form local governments, execute local laws not inconsistent with national laws, and even withdraw military forces altogether if he deemed it safe. – The Struggle between President Johnson and Congress over Reconstruction by Charles Ernest Chadsey
  5. He had not known that he had any capacity for terror. – The Man Who Staked the Stars by Charles Dye
  6. The fact was, he said, that my capacity for sympathy was really exhausted. – Joyous Gard by Arthur Christopher Benson
  7. He was forty- one years old, and he was sleepy, whatever capacity for suffering remained to him. – Indian Summer by William D. Howells
  8. On this occasion he had been obliged to bring her, as she was one of the lady- patronesses of the asylum, and he himself was coming to lunch with the Duvillards in his capacity as general manager. – Paris From the "Three Cities" by Emile Zola
  9. But if there is anything further you would wish to speak to me about, you can do so afterward in your private capacity as a free man at two o'clock in my own office." – The Beckoning Hand and Other Stories The Beckoning Hand--Lucretia--The Third Time--The Gold Wulfric--My Uncle's Will--The Two Carnegies--Olga Davidoff's Husband--John Cann's Treasure--Isaline and I--Professor Milliter's Dilemma--In Strict Confidence--The by Grant Allen
  10. She was tired, and the shock of Gail's words had taken all the capacity for action out of her. – The Wishing-Ring Man by Margaret Widdemer
  11. Her capacity to handle English- after so short a residence in America- shows that she possesses also the instrument of expression. – From Plotzk to Boston by Mary Antin Commentator: Israel Zangwill
  12. Her whole capacity rarely rose beyond the effort to distinguish a ball- dress from a dinner- dress. – The Clique of Gold by Emile Gaboriau
  13. In this case time would be of importance, and the capacity of making the most of it would be a precious capacity at starting. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  14. He wondered if they hated him in his capacity of Better Classes. – Short Stories and Essays From "Literature and Life" by William Dean Howells
  15. The officers all swear by Vinoy, and hold the military capacity both of Trochu and Ducrot very cheap. – Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris by Henry Labouchère
  16. But does it ever occur to us to maintain that, in general, the possession of a character and the capacity of being influenced by considerations make it impossible for a man to be free? – An Introduction to Philosophy by George Stuart Fullerton
  17. The more business capacity you have, the more likely you are to succeed. – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  18. These evidently had still their capacity for repentance. – The Gospel of the Hereafter by J. Paterson-Smyth
  19. In short, cattle assumed the functions of money and served in this capacity as early as that stage. – The Origin of the Family Private Property and the State by Frederick Engels
  20. Tell them-" " Sorry, Judge, I should like to act in this capacity – Death Points a Finger by Will Levinrew

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