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1. General: Specific ability of an entity (person or organization) or resource, measured in quantity and level of quality, over an extended period.
2. Banking: Borrower's ability to repay a debt on a timely basis, determined by deducting total cash outflows from the borrowers total income during (usually) a month.
3. Law: Legal ability of an entity (person or organization) to perform an act, such as creating a binding contract.
4. Manufacturing: Highest sustainable output rate (maximum number of units per month, quarter, or year) that can be achieved with current resources, maintenance strategies, product specifications, etc.
See also engineered capacity.
5. Telecommunications: Highest possible reliable transmission rate that can be carried on A channel, circuit, or equipment.

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If a manufacturing plant has hit their capacity for producing a given item in order to meet demands, it would be wise for the company in charge either to slow down advertising for a short period of time and offer a back-order system of ordering or to open an additional manufacturing plant to meet the high demand.
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The capacity of the individual for exceptional work was quite high so we felt motivation was the primary factor for his success.
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I did not know if the two overweight men coming on our ship would overload our weight capacity and cause us to sink.
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