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.
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For an hour or two, maybe, a person might have been able to see their own face reflected there, until that too was vaporized.—Rebecca Giggs, The New York Review of Books, 30 Nov. 2023 This can be particularly true for remote workers—more common in scale-up businesses that haven't been able to or wanted to invest in traditional office space—who can have the chance to gain knowledge from more experienced employees in the partner business.—Lis Anderson, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Both the Japanese and U.S. militaries will likely want to be able to continue using them in the highly strategic corner of the western Pacific.—Elizabeth Palmer, CBS News, 30 Nov. 2023 The teacher might be able to ease some of her concerns about school by engaging with her more in the classroom.—Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 In local markets, artist relations and marketing campaign managers will be able to tap into those global teams for analytics, content creation and media planning and buying, the company said.—Dan Rys, Billboard, 30 Nov. 2023 Jamie Bennett, a spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, said that the company has not been able to confirm any adverse events related to either Wells Pharmacy’s or Brooksville Pharmaceuticals’ products.—Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 30 Nov. 2023 Guests will be able to partake in labyrinth walking, sensory foot reflexology, and candlelight yoga, for example.—Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 30 Nov. 2023 Fountain, who is 25 weeks pregnant, hadn’t been able to bring herself to start thinking about it.—Bracey Harris, NBC News, 18 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English able, abill, borrowed from Anglo-French, going back to Latin habilis "easily handled or adjusted, adaptable," from habēre "to have, hold" + -ilis, alteration (by haplology before labial consonants) of -ibilis-ible — more at give entry 1
Middle English, borrowed from Anglo-French and Middle French, going back to Latin -ābilis, -ibilis, from -ā-, -i- (thematic vowels of various conjugations of verbs) + -bilis "capable (of acting) or worthy of (being acted upon)," going back to pre-Latin *-dhl-is, adjective suffix formed from the instrumental noun suffix *-dhl-om (whence Latin -bulum)