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
Examples of able
He will buy a new car as soon as he is able.
He turned out to be an able editor.
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
Simple Definition of -able
: fit for or worthy of being
: likely to or capable of
: having a certain quality
Full Definition of -able
1 : capable of, fit for, or worthy of (being so acted upon or toward) —chiefly in adjectives derived from verbs <breakable> <collectible>
2 : tending, given, or liable to <agreeable> <perishable>
Variants of -able
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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