from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having sufficient power or resources to accomplish something: a singer able to reach high notes; a detergent able to remove stains.
- adj. Usage Problem Susceptible to action or treatment: The brakes were able to be fixed.
- adj. Especially capable or talented.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A word that is used in place of the letter "A" during communication.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Fit; adapted; suitable.
- adj. Having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed of qualifications rendering competent for some end; competent; qualified; capable
- adj. Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful
- adj. Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence.
- transitive v. To make able; to enable; to strengthen.
- transitive v. To vouch for.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having power or means sufficient; qualified; competent: as, a man able to perform military service; a child is not able to reason on abstract subjects.
- Legally entitled or authorized; having the requisite legal qualification: as, an illegitimate son is not able to take by inheritance.
- In an absolute sense: Vigorous; active.
- Having strong or unusual powers of mind, or intellectual qualifications: as, an able minister.
- To enable.
- To warrant or answer for.
- n. Same as ablet.
- n. A common termination of English adjectives, especially of those based on verbs.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. have the skills and qualifications to do things well
- adj. having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity
- adj. (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something
- adj. having a strong healthy body
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin habilis, from habēre, to handle; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, from Old Northern French able, variant of Old French abile, habile, from Latin habilis ("easily managed, held, or handled; apt; skillful"), from habeō ("have, hold"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English ablen, from Middle English able (adjective). (Wiktionary)