able

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adjective \ˈā-bəl\

Definition of able

  1. 1a :  having sufficient power, skill, or resources to do something <able to solve a problem>b :  having the freedom or opportunity to do something <hopes to be able to visit soon>c :  having a quality or nature that makes something possible <a car able to hold five people> :  susceptible to some action or treatment <a shoe able to be repaired>

  2. 2 ablerplay \-b(ə-)lər\; ablestplay \-b(ə-)ləst\ :  marked by intelligence, knowledge, skill, or competence <an able administrator>

ably

play \ˈā-b(ə-)lē\ adverb <a task performed ably>

Examples of able in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of able

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin habilis apt, from habēre to have — more at habit


First Known Use: 14th century


-able

adjective suffix

Definition of -able

  1. 1 :  capable of, fit for, or worthy of (being so acted upon or toward) —chiefly in adjectives derived from verbs <breakable> <collectible>

  2. 2 :  tending, given, or liable to <agreeable> <perishable>

-ably

or less commonly

-ibly

adverb suffix

Variants of -able

or less commonly

-ible

Origin and Etymology of -able

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin -abilis, -ibilis, from -a-, -i-, verb stem vowels + -bilis capable or worthy of


ABLE Defined for English Language Learners


-able

adjective suffix

Definition of -able for English Language Learners

  • : fit for or worthy of being

  • : likely to or capable of

  • : having a certain quality


ABLE Defined for Kids

able

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adjective \ˈā-bəl\

Definition of able for Students

abler

\-blər\

ablest

\-bləst\
  1. 1 :  having enough power, resources, or skill to do something <Are you able to swim?>

  2. 2 :  having the freedom or opportunity to do something <I'll come when I'm able.>

  3. 3 :  having or showing much skill <an able dancer>


-able

adjective suffix \ə-bəl\

Definition of -able for Students

  1. 1 :  capable of, fit for, or worthy of being <lovable> <flexible>

  2. 2 :  tending or likely to <changeable>

-ably

also

-ibly

\ə-blē\ adverb suffix <adorably>

Variants of -able

also

-ible

\ə-bəl\

Law Dictionary

able

adjective

Legal Definition of able

  1. 1 :  possessed of needed powers or of needed resources to accomplish an objective <able to perform under the contract>

  2. 2 :  having freedom from restriction or obligation or from conditions preventing an action <able to vote>

  3. 3 :  legally qualified :  possessed of legal competence <able to inherit property>



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