capable

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Middle French capable, from Late Latin capābilis.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈkeɪpəbl̩/
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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; accessible to. Construed with of, for or an infinitive.

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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Latin capabilis.

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capable (plural capables)

  1. able, capable

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