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[fuh-sil-i-tee] /fəˈsɪl ɪ ti/
noun, plural facilities.
1.
Often, facilities.
  1. something designed, built, installed, etc., to serve a specific function affording a convenience or service:
    transportation facilities; educational facilities; a new research facility.
  2. 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
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English facilite (< Middle French) < Latin facilitās. See facile, -ity
Related forms
nonfacility, noun, plural nonfacilities.
overfacility, noun
Can be confused
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facility

/fəˈsɪlɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
ease of action or performance; freedom from difficulty
2.
ready skill or ease deriving from practice or familiarity
3.
(often pl) 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 pl) a euphemistic word for lavatory
Word Origin
C15: from Latin facilitās, from facilis easy; see facile
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Word Origin and History for overfacility
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.
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