facility

[fuh-sil-i-tee]
noun, plural facilities.
1.
Often, facilities.
a.
something designed, built, installed, etc., to serve a specific function affording a convenience or service: transportation facilities; educational facilities; a new research facility.
b.
something that permits the easier performance of an action, course of conduct, etc.: to provide someone with every facility for accomplishing a task; to lack facilities for handling bulk mail.
2.
readiness or ease due to skill, aptitude, or practice; dexterity: to compose with great facility.
3.
ready compliance: Her facility in organizing and directing made her an excellent supervisor.
4.
an easy-flowing manner: facility of style.
5.
the quality of being easily or conveniently done or performed.
6.
Often, facilities. Informal. a rest room, especially one for use by the public, as in a theater or restaurant.
7.
freedom from difficulty, controversy, misunderstanding, etc.: facility of understanding.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English facilite (< Middle French) < Latin facilitās. See facile, -ity

nonfacility, noun, plural nonfacilities.
overfacility, noun

facile, facilitate, facility, felicitate.
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facility (fəˈsɪlɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  ease of action or performance; freedom from difficulty
2.  ready skill or ease deriving from practice or familiarity
3.  (often plural) the means or equipment facilitating the performance of an action
4.  rare easy-going disposition
5.  military an organization or building offering supporting capability
6.  (usually plural) a euphemistic word for lavatory
 
[C15: from Latin facilitās, from facilis easy; see facile]

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Word Origin & History

facility
early 15c., from M.Fr. facilité, from L. facilitatem, 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.

facilities
opportunities, 1809, pl. of facility. Sense of physical means of doing something is from 1872.
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Example sentences
Horses are then put into holding facilities to be adopted or sold, or to live
  out the remainder of their lives.
Possibly, fuel could be stored at existing facilities if they can be expanded.
The museum provides significant supporting facilities and materials for
  research.
Car companies that didn't cash in on the preceding bonanza are now focusing on
  putting money into their testing facilities.
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