habile

adjective
hab·​ile | \ ˈha-bəl How to pronounce habile (audio) , -ˌbī(-ə)l \

Definition of habile

: having general skill : able, skillful

First Known Use of habile

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for habile

Middle English (Scots) habyll, from Middle French habile, from Latin habilis — more at able

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“Habile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/habile. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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