adjective \ˈā-bəl\

: 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

abler \-b(ə-)lər\ ablest \-b(ə-)ləst\

Full Definition of ABLE

a :  having sufficient power, skill, or resources to accomplish an object
b :  susceptible to action or treatment
:  marked by intelligence, knowledge, skill, or competence
ably \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


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