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The power or ability to do or make something. It is an active potency and not merely a passive capacity. In human beings it is an accident that disposes a person to operate in a specific way for a specific purpose, as the faculty of thought is the intellect, which enables one to know reality outside the mind. (Etym. Latin facultas, facility, capacity.)
All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.