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Faculty n, pl -ties [ME faculte, fr. MF faculté, fr. ML & L, ML facultat-, facultas branch of learning or teaching, fr. L ability, abundance, fr. facillis facile] [14c] 1: Ability, Power, as a: innate or acquired ability to act or do b: an inherent capability, power, or function [the __ of hearing] c: any of the powers of the mind formerly held by psychologists to form a basis for the explanation of all mental phenomena d: natural aptitude [has a __ for saying the right things] 2a: a branch of teaching or learning in an educational institution b archaic: something in which one is trained or qualified 3a: the members of a profession b: the teaching and administrative staff and those members of the administration having academic rank in an educational institution c faculty pl: faculty members [many __ were present] 4: power, authority, or prerogative given or conferred
-Syn. see Gift
[Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, 10th Edition. Springfield, MA, USA: Merriam-Webster, Inc. 1995.]
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