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Meaning of capable by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Late Latin capabilis .


    capable ( comparative more capable, superlative most capable )

    1. Able and efficient; having the ability needed for a specific task; having the disposition to do something; permitting or being susceptible to something .
      She is capable and efficient .
      He does not need help; he is capable of eating on his own .
      As everyone knew, he was capable of violence when roused .
      That fact is not capable of proof .
    2. ( obsolete ) Of sufficient capacity or size for holding, containing, receiving or taking in. Construed with of, for or an infinitive.
      • 1775 Samuel Johnson, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland ( Works 10.479 ):
        He has begun a road capable of a wheel-carriage .


    • See also Wikisaurus:skillful


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    • Oxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989


Explanation of capable by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. having the requisite qualities for

    2. having capacity or ability

    3. capable of winning
      capable of hard work
      capable of walking on two feet
    4. having the temperament or inclination for

    5. no one believed her capable of murder
    6. have the skills and qualifications to do things well

    7. a capable administrator
      children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable
    8. possibly accepting or permitting

    9. a passage capable of misinterpretation

    Definition of capable by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Capable a. [F. capable, LL. capabilis capacious, capable, fr. L. caper to take, contain. See Heave.]
      1. Possessing ability, qualification, or susceptibility; having capacity; of sufficient size or strength; as, “a room capable of holding a large number; a castle capable of resisting a long assault”.

      Concious of joy and capable of pain. Prior.

      2. Possessing adequate power; qualified; able; fully competent; as, “a capable instructor; a capable judge; a mind capable of nice investigations”.

      More capable to discourse of battles than to give them. Motley.

      3. Possessing legal power or capacity; as, “a man capable of making a contract, or a will”.

      4. Capacious; large; comprehensive. [Obs.] Shak.

      ☞ Capable is usually followed by of, sometimes by an infinitive.

      Syn. -- Able; competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; skillful.