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

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

: skilled at doing something : able to do something well

Full Definition of CAPABLE

:  susceptible <a remark capable of being misunderstood>
obsolete :  comprehensive
:  having attributes (as physical or mental power) required for performance or accomplishment <is capable of intense concentration>
:  having traits conducive to or features permitting <this woman is capable of murder by violence — Robert Graves>
:  having legal right to own, enjoy, or perform
:  having or showing general efficiency and ability <a capable lawyer> <a capable performance>
ca·pa·ble·ness \ˈkā-pə-bəl-nəs\ noun
ca·pa·bly \-pə-blē\ adverb

Examples of CAPABLE

  1. <a capable and efficient editor>

Origin 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


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