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faculty

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Pronunciation: /ˈfak(ə)lti
 
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Definition of faculty in English:

noun (plural faculties)

1An inherent mental or physical power: her critical faculties the faculty of sight
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  • The Chief Minister pointed out that Yoga exercises had the capacity to prevent illness and keep the body fit by evolving a steady balance between the physical and mental faculties.
  • Because it is through the cultivation of physical and mental faculties that we relate to our surroundings, and create conditions for our survival.
  • Power tools should only be used when your mental and physical faculties are at their best.
Synonyms
power, capability, capacity, facility, potential, potentiality, propensity, wherewithal, means, preparedness;
(faculties)senses, wits, reason, intelligence
1.1An aptitude for doing something: his faculty for taking the initiative
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  • Also like humans, apes have a marked faculty for language.
  • Her moods are many, and she has a faculty for portraying deep emotions with an airy touch.
  • He has a faculty for legislation, and some of the most useful laws on the statute book owe their origin to him.
Synonyms
2A group of university departments concerned with a major division of knowledge: the Faculty of Arts the law faculty
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  • Mississippi State University teaching faculties from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Education provided the responses for this study.
  • Harvard University, I didn't realise this, Harvard University has 8,000 faculties.
  • Citation-based measures have been used to evaluate the impact of journals and research institutions, including universities, faculties, and departments.
Synonyms
department, school, division, section
2.1 [in singular] The teaching or research staff of a group of university departments, or (North American ) of a university or college, viewed as a body: there were then no tenured women on the faculty
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  • From 1936-46 he served on the faculty of Osmania University teaching International Law.
  • These are teaching institutions, staffed by faculty with heavy teaching loads.
  • The department has 29 staff members on the faculty and 36 residents in training.
2.2 dated The members of a particular profession, especially medicine, considered collectively.
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  • To sustain and improve quality of training, the surgical faculty should develop expertise in education.
  • Aside from financial considerations and "turf wars," there was a genuine concern and reluctance of some of the obstetrical faculty to train family physicians in operative obstetrics.
3A licence or authorization from a Church authority: the vicar introduced certain ornaments without the necessary faculty to do so
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  • When Ireland reviewed his credentials and saw he was a priest of the Byzantine church and a widower, Ireland refused to grant him faculties or permission to officiate.
  • The canon lists several conditions which must be met for parish priests to exercise validly the faculty to confirm adults they baptize or receive into full communion.
  • Although the parish priest has no faculty from the law to confirm these people, he could seek from the diocesan bishop the concession of the faculty to confirm them.
Synonyms
informal the go-ahead, the thumbs up, the OK, the green light, say-so
rare permit

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French faculte, from Latin facultas, from facilis 'easy', from facere 'make, do'.

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  • facility from (early 16th century):

    Latin facilis ‘easy’ is the base of facility. Originally meaning ease in doing something, facility developed into something that makes it easier to do something in the early 19th century, Facilis also give us facile (Late Middle English), facilitate (early 17th century), and faculty (Late Middle English).

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