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able

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adjective \ˈā-bəl\

Simple Definition of able

  • : having the power, skill, money, etc., that is needed to do something

  • : not prevented from doing something : having the freedom or opportunity to do something

  • —used to say that the quality or condition of something makes something possible

Full Definition of able

abler play \-b(ə-)lər\ ablest play \-b(ə-)ləst\

  1. 1 a :  having sufficient power, skill, or resources to accomplish an object b :  susceptible to action or treatment

  2. 2 :  marked by intelligence, knowledge, skill, or competence

ablyplay \ˈā-b(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of able

  1. He will buy a new car as soon as he is able.

  2. He turned out to be an able editor.

  3. She is one of the ablest lawyers in the firm.



Origin of able

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin habilis apt, from habēre to have — more at habit


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with able


-able

adjective suffix

Simple Definition of -able

  • : fit for or worthy of being

  • : likely to or capable of

  • : having a certain quality

Full Definition of -able

  1. 1 :  capable of, fit for, or worthy of (being so acted upon or toward) —chiefly in adjectives derived from verbs <breakable> <collectible>

  2. 2 :  tending, given, or liable to <agreeable> <perishable>

-ably also -ibly adverb suffix

Variants of -able

also -ible

Origin of -able

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin -abilis, -ibilis, from -a-, -i-, verb stem vowels + -bilis capable or worthy of



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