capable

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From Middle French capable, from Late Latin capabilis.

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capable (comparative more capable, superlative most capable)

  1. Able and efficient; having the ability needed for a specific task; having the disposition to do something; permitting or being susceptible to something.
    She is capable and efficient.
    He does not need help; he is capable of eating on his own.
    As everyone knew, he was capable of violence when roused.
    That fact is not capable of proof.
  2. (obsolete) Of sufficient capacity or size for holding, containing, receiving or taking in. Construed with of, for or an infinitive.
    • 1775 Samuel Johnson, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland (Works 10.479):
      He has begun a road capable of a wheel-carriage.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin capabilis.

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capable (masculine and feminine, plural capables)

  1. able, capable

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