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  • n. The state or quality of being capable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being capable; capability; adequateness; competency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being capable; capability: capacity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally
  • n. an aptitude that may be developed


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  • These youngsters miss a chance to see their power in action and to wear or use visible proof of their capableness.

    Parent Talk

  • There seemed, somehow, to be a look of content and capableness about those heads bent so busily over the stitching.

    Emma McChesney and Co.

  • And then she stared hard at him, noting the steady, cold, alert eyes; the firm lips; the bigness of him, the atmosphere of capableness that seemed to surround him; the low-swung guns at his hips, with no flaps on the holster-tops, and the bottoms of the holsters tied to his leather chaps with rawhide thongs.

    'Drag' Harlan

  • She's got her mother's good looks and nice manners and -- and kind of genteelness, you understand, and with 'em she's got her dad's sense and capableness.

    Fair Harbor

  • He writes of "her desire to be taught and instructed in the knowledge of God; her capableness of understanding; her aptnesse and willingnesse to recieve anie good impression, and also the spiritual, besides her owne incitements stirring me up hereunto."

    Pioneers of the Old South: a chronicle of English colonial beginnings

  • What chiefly struck me about Mrs Brindley was her serene air of capableness, of having a self-confidence which experience had richly justified.

    The Grim Smile of the Five Towns

  • In the harsh vanity of her conscious capableness and young strength she thought thus, half forgetting her own follies, and half excusing them on the ground of inexperience.

    The Old Wives' Tale

  • Her sober, kindly capableness evolved from the slovenly little house and the untended children, from the dusty rooms and neglected kitchen the kind of order and neatness which had been plain to see in Robin's more fortune-favoured apartment.


  • Whether that grim personage's ignorant pride in her son had been satisfied with a girl of Statira's style and fashion, and proven capableness in housekeeping, or whether some fancy for butterfly prettiness lurking in the fastnesses of the old woman's rugged nature had been snared by the gay face and dancing eyes, it was apparent that she at least was in love with Statira.

    The Minister's Charge

  • Physical fitness test muscular capableness is the turn of force a muscle crapper produce.

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