Pronunciation: (fak'ul-tē), [key]
pl. -ties.

1. an ability, natural or acquired, for a particular kind of action: a faculty for making friends easily.
2. one of the powers of the mind, as memory, reason, or speech: Though very sick, he is in full possession of all his faculties.
3. an inherent capability of the body: the faculties of sight and hearing.
4. exceptional ability or aptitude: a president with a faculty for management.
5. Educ.
a. the entire teaching and administrative force of a university, college, or school.
b. one of the departments of learning, as theology, medicine, or law, in a university.
c. the teaching body, sometimes with the students, in any of these departments.
6. the members of a learned profession: the medical faculty.
7. a power or privilege conferred by the state, a superior, etc.: The police were given the faculty to search the building.
8. Eccles.a dispensation, license, or authorization.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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