from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having capacity or ability; efficient and able: a capable administrator.
- adj. Having the ability required for a specific task or accomplishment; qualified: capable of winning.
- adj. Having the inclination or disposition: capable of violence.
- adj. Permitting an action to be performed: an error capable of remedy; a camera capable of being used underwater.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Able and efficient; having the ability needed for a specific task; having the disposition to do something; permitting or being susceptible to something.
- adj. Of sufficient capacity or size for holding, containing, receiving or taking in. Construed with of, for or an infinitive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Possessing ability, qualification, or susceptibility; having capacity; of sufficient size or strength.
- adj. Possessing adequate power; qualified; able; fully competent.
- adj. Possessing legal power or capacity.
- adj. Capacious; large; comprehensive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Able to hold or contain; sufficiently capacious (for): followed by of.
- Capacious; extensive; comprehensive: as, “a capable and wide revenge,”
- Able to receive; open to influences; impressible; receptive; susceptible; admitting: usually followed by of: as, capable of pain and grief; capable of long duration; capable of being colored or altered: sometimes used absolutely.
- Able to be received.
- Fitted or deserving to receive: as, “capable of mercy,”
- Sufficiently able (to do something): as, a man capable of judging.
- Having legal power or capacity: as, a bastard is not capable of inheriting an estate.
- Possessing a good degree of intelligence or ability; qualified; able; competent: as, a capable judge; a capable instructor.
- Synonyms Qualified, fitted, adapted, efficient, clever, skilful, gifted, accomplished.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability
- adj. (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for
- adj. possibly accepting or permitting
- adj. having the requisite qualities for
- adj. have the skills and qualifications to do things well
Late Latin capābilis, from capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin capabilis. (Wiktionary)