American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- 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. obsolete Of sufficient capacity or size for holding, containing, receiving or taking in. Construed with of, for or an infinitive.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. obsolete Capacious; large; comprehensive.
- 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
- From Late Latin capabilis. (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin capābilis, from capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But a nature capable of so much distress, must of necessity be _capable_ of a corresponding amount of pleasure; and in her case this was manifest in the fact that sleep and the quiet of her own room restored her wonderfully.”
“_Africaine_, reformed, refined, beautified in her descendants, transformed into the creole negress, commenced to exert a fascination irresistible, capable of winning anything (_capable de tout obtenir_). ”
“It is clear then that since "Lover of so and so" is a term capable of several meanings, we do not always denote the same quality by the term”
“Last month the high court approved a scheme which it described as capable of turning around the fortunes of three companies within the group - John J Fleming Construction, JJ Fleming Holdings and Tivway.”
“At most, a few existing services may run a bit faster (the federal government, you will recall, defines High Speed Rail to include any train capable of a maximum speed of 90 mph or more).”
“That confident delivery makes you feel like you're in capable hands.”
“Oh yes, basic street maintenance is in capable hands, folks -- would Sam mislead you?”
“Compact and capable" is how I would describe Twirhl, even if its interface leaves something to be desired.”
“That they'd be able to get the overpriced box off the shelf and replace it with one that's cheaper and equally capable is a miracle I'm not expecting, though -- my guess is that it's a simpler SKU that will sell alongside, not replace, the proper PS3.”
“Rendering capable is NOT the same as NOT STOPPING someone.”
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