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[fuh-sil-i-tee] /fəˈsɪl ɪ ti/

noun, plural facilities.
Often, facilities.

readiness or ease due to skill, aptitude, or practice; dexterity:
to compose with great facility.
ready compliance:
Her facility in organizing and directing made her an excellent supervisor.
an easy-flowing manner:
facility of style.
the quality of being easily or conveniently done or performed.
Often, facilities. Informal. a rest room, especially one for use by the public, as in a theater or restaurant.
freedom from difficulty, controversy, misunderstanding, etc.:
facility of understanding.
noun (pl) -ties
ease of action or performance; freedom from difficulty
ready skill or ease deriving from practice or familiarity
(often pl) the means or equipment facilitating the performance of an action
(rare) easy-going disposition
(military) an organization or building offering supporting capability
(usually pl) a euphemistic word for lavatory

“opportunities,” 1809, plural of facility. Sense of “physical means of doing something” is from 1872.

early 15c., “gentleness,” from Middle French facilité, from Latin facilitatem (nominative facilitas) “easiness, ease, fluency, willingness,” from facilis “easy” (see facile). Its sense in English moved from “genteelness” to “opportunity” (1510s), to “aptitude, ease” (1530s). Meaning “place for doing something,” which makes the word so beloved of journalists and fuzzy writers, first recorded 1872.


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