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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Facility  \Fa*cil"i*ty\,  n.;  pl  {Facilities}.  [L.  facilitas  fr 
  facilis  easy:  cf  F.  facilit?.  See  {Facile}.] 
  1.  The  quality  of  being  easily  performed;  freedom  from 
  difficulty;  ease;  as  the  facility  of  an  operation. 
 
  The  facility  with  which  government  has  been 
  overturned  in  France.  --Burke. 
 
  2.  Ease  in  performance;  readiness  proceeding  from  skill  or 
  use  dexterity;  as  practice  gives  a  wonderful  facility  in 
  executing  works  of  art. 
 
  3.  Easiness  to  be  persuaded;  readiness  or  compliance;  -- 
  usually  in  a  bad  sense  pliancy. 
 
  It  is  a  great  error  to  take  facility  for  good 
  nature.  --L'Estrange. 
 
  4.  Easiness  of  access  complaisance;  affability. 
 
  Offers  himself  to  the  visits  of  a  friend  with 
  facility.  --South. 
 
  5.  That  which  promotes  the  ease  of  any  action  or  course  of 
  conduct;  advantage;  aid;  assistance;  --  usually  in  the 
  plural;  as  special  facilities  for  study. 
 
  Syn:  Ease;  expertness;  readiness;  dexterity;  complaisance; 
  condescension;  affability. 
 
  Usage:  {Facility},  {Expertness},  {Readiness}.  These  words 
  have  in  common  the  idea  of  performing  any  act  with 
  ease  and  promptitude.  Facility  supposes  a  natural  or 
  acquired  power  of  dispatching  a  task  with  lightness 
  and  ease.  Expertness  is  the  kind  of  facility  acquired 
  by  long  practice.  Readiness  marks  the  promptitude  with 
  which  anything  is  done  A  merchant  needs  great 
  facility  in  dispatching  business;  a  banker,  great 
  expertness  in  casting  accounts;  both  need  great 
  readiness  in  passing  from  one  employment  to  another. 
  ``The  facility  which  we  get  of  doing  things  by  a 
  custom  of  doing  makes  them  often  pass  in  us  without 
  our  notice.''  --Locke.  ``The  army  was  celebrated  for 
  the  expertness  and  valor  of  the  soldiers.''  ``A 
  readiness  to  obey  the  known  will  of  God  is  the  surest 
  means  to  enlighten  the  mind  in  respect  to  duty.'' 




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