- Middle English habil, from Old French habile, from Latin habilis ("suitable; apt"), from habeō ("I handle"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English habil, from Old French habile, from Latin habilis, from habēre, to handle; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The clocher at Senlis is more "habile"; it shows an effort to be clever, and offers a standard of comparison; but the mediaeval architects seem to have thought that none of them bore rivalry with Laon for technical skill.”
“Mais un habile homme sait tirer parti de tout, and everybody is good for something.”
“Cet homme, habile dans les affaires, et employ� comme tel par Charlemagne, avoit 閠� en 811 envoy� par lui en ambassade � Constantinople.”
“Here, he began to tuck in anew, aiding the slow work of his spoon with his more habile fingers.”
“She watched his academic awkwardness in church with the inward tender smile of the eternal habile feminine, and when they met she could have laughed and wept over his straightened sentences and his difficult manner, knowing how little significant they were.”
“But on the contrary," they should still have continued in communion with her, and subjection to her in matters lawful, in a way of testifying "against the same, and essaying their reformation, by all means that were habile for them.”
“That yet, notwithstanding, the subject (in the use of lawful endeavors for his own vindication) must continue in subjection and obedience to the ruler, in lawful commands, while the civil state continues to acknowledge him; and this, as the only habile mean of convincing the ruler of his error, and preventing further evils.”
“The comment of M. Paul-Dubois on these attempts to foist on the Catholic Church responsibility for the evil case in which Ireland finds herself, deserves quotation: -- "Cette thèse grossière et fanatique ne vaut l'honneur d'un devellopment ni d'une discussion: contentons nous de remarquer comme il est habile et simple de rejeter sur Rome la responsabilité des malheurs d'Erin en disculpant ainsi et l'Angleterre et la colonie anglaise en Irlande!”
“_ "Il devient aise d'etre habile lorsqu'on s'est delivre des scrupules et des loix, de tout honneur et de toute justice, des droits de ses semblables, et des devoirs de l'autorite -- a ce degre d'independence la plupart des obstacles qui modifient l'activite humaine disparaissent; l'on parait avoir du talent lorsqu'on n'a que de l'impudence, et l'abus de la force passe pour energie. _*”
A Residence in France During the Years 1792, 1793, 1794 and 1795, Part I. 1792 Described in a Series of Letters from an English Lady: with General and Incidental Remarks on the French Character and Manners
“Mais cet homme habile avait conçu une idée ingénieuse.”
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