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capable

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adjective ca·pa·ble \ˈkā-pə-bəl, in rapid speech ˈkāp-bəl\

Simple Definition of capable

  • : able to do something : having the qualities or abilities that are needed to do something

  • : skilled at doing something : able to do something well

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of capable

  1. 1 :  susceptible <a remark capable of being misunderstood>

  2. 2 obsolete :  comprehensive

  3. 3 :  having attributes (as physical or mental power) required for performance or accomplishment <is capable of intense concentration>

  4. 4 :  having traits conducive to or features permitting <this woman is capable of murder by violence — Robert Graves>

  5. 5 :  having legal right to own, enjoy, or perform

  6. 6 :  having or showing general efficiency and ability <a capable lawyer> <a capable performance>

capableness

play \ˈkā-pə-bəl-nəs\ noun

capably

play \-pə-blē\ adverb

Examples of capable in a sentence

  1. <a capable and efficient editor>



Origin and Etymology of capable

Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French capable, from Late Latin capabilis, irregular from Latin capere to take — more at heave


First Known Use: 1579

Rhymes with capable


CAPABLE Defined for Kids

capable

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adjective ca·pa·ble \ˈkā-pə-bəl\

Definition of capable for Students

  1. 1 :  having the qualities or abilities that are needed to do or accomplish something <You are capable of better work.>

  2. 2 :  able to do something well <a capable actress>

capably

\-blē\ adverb


Word Root of capable

The Latin word capere, meaning “to seize” or “to take,” and its form captus give us the roots cap, capt, and cept. Words from the Latin capere have something to do with taking. To capture is to take something or someone by using force. To accept is to take something willingly. Anyone capable of doing something is able to take on that task.



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