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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin capābilis, from capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Late Latin capabilis.



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