capable

adjective
ca·​pa·​ble | \ ˈkā-pə-bəl How to pronounce capable (audio) , in rapid speech ˈkāp-bəl \

Definition of capable

1 : susceptible a remark capable of being misunderstood
2 obsolete : comprehensive
3 : having attributes (such as physical or mental power) required for performance or accomplishment is capable of intense concentration
4 : having traits conducive to or features permitting something this woman is capable of murder by violence— Robert Graves
5 : having legal right to own, enjoy, or perform of my land … to make thee capable— Shakespeare
6 : having or showing general efficiency and ability a capable lawyer a capable performance

Other Words from capable

capableness \ ˈkā-​pə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce capable (audio) \ noun
capably \ ˈkā-​pə-​blē How to pronounce capable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of capable in a Sentence

a capable and efficient editor
Recent Examples on the Web First introduced in 2006, NAD’s Modular Design Construction is a way of future-proofing a device enabling owners of MDC-capable components to add new capabilities by inserting expansion modules into the MDC slots. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 17 May 2022 But officials in both Sweden and Finland played down that threat, noting that with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad only 200 miles away, Moscow already has nuclear-capable missiles in easy range. Marc Santora, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2022 But officials in both Sweden and Finland played down that threat, noting that with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad only 200 miles away, Moscow already has nuclear-capable missiles in easy range. Marc Santora, New York Times, 14 May 2022 The vibrant Collette gives Kathleen so many layers — stressed, but graciously capable; elegant, yet impulsive; loving but maybe not entirely trusting — that this crime victim is anything but silent. San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 May 2022 Last week, Kim showcased his most powerful nuclear-capable missiles targeting both the United States and its allies at a military parade in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang. NBC News, 4 May 2022 Last week, Kim Jong Un showcased his most powerful nuclear-capable missiles targeting both the United States and its allies during a massive military parade in capital, Pyongyang. Hyung-jin Kim, USA TODAY, 4 May 2022 Rift headset, which came out in 2016, and about $1,200 for the VR-capable PC needed to use the headset. Adario Strange, Quartz, 3 May 2022 Earlier this month, the Kremlin hailed the successful test of a nuclear-capable intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) called Sarmat. David Meyer, Fortune, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of capable

1579, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for capable

Middle French or Late Latin; Middle French capable, from Late Latin capabilis, irregular from Latin capere to take — more at heave entry 1

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21 May 2022

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“Capable.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/capable. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for capable

capable

adjective
ca·​pa·​ble | \ ˈkā-pə-bəl How to pronounce capable (audio) \

Kids Definition of capable

1 : having the qualities or abilities that are needed to do or accomplish something You are capable of better work.
2 : able to do something well a capable actress

Other Words from capable

capably \ -​blē \ adverb

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