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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

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>

ca·pa·ble·ness play \ˈkā-pə-bəl-nəs\ noun
ca·pa·bly play \-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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