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
capablenessplay \ˈkā-pə-bəl-nəs\ noun
capablyplay \-pə-blē\ adverb
Examples of capable in a Sentence
a capable and efficient editor
Recent Examples of capable from the Web
More recently, she was involved in development of the Morpheus project, a prototype for a planetary lander capable of vertical takeoffs and landings.
Certainly any of those teams are capable of beating the Falcons.
In 2013, chemists at the University of Manchester in the U.K. built a nanorobot capable of stringing together amino acids, mimicking the function of ribosomes, the cellular machines that build proteins.
Still, there’s little point in discussing alleviating poverty as a solution, because our government and society are not seriously considering any initiatives capable of making a significant dent in the numbers or conditions of the poor.
Only certain small planes, certified for short landings and takeoffs (STOL), are capable of landing at Lukla, all flown by pilots specially certified for this specific airport.
Hormones are the body's chemical messengers, released by a particular gland or organ but capable of affecting cells all over the body.
I'd whole lot rather be with a goddamn gorilla that was capable of love than someone who's hotter than hell.
The insecticide responsible for these cases has been withdrawn from the market, but some insecticides that are now in use may be capable of like harm.
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Origin and Etymology of capable
Medieval French or Late Latin; Medieval French capable, from Late Latin capabilis, irregular from Latin capere to take — more at heave
First Known Use: 1579
CAPABLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of capable for English Language Learners
: able to do something : having the qualities or abilities that are needed to do something
: skilled at doing something : able to do something well
CAPABLE Defined for Kids
Definition of capable for Students
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
Word Root of capable
The Latin word capere, meaning “to seize” or “to take,” and its form captus give us the roots cap, capt, and cept. Words from the Latin capere have something to do with taking. To capture is to take something or someone by using force. To accept is to take something willingly. Anyone capable of doing something is able to take on that task.
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