able

[ey-buhl]
adjective, abler, ablest.
1.
having necessary power, skill, resources, or qualifications; qualified: able to lift a two-hundred-pound weight; able to write music; able to travel widely; able to vote.
2.
having unusual or superior intelligence, skill, etc.: an able leader.
3.
showing talent, skill, or knowledge: an able speech.
4.
legally empowered, qualified, or authorized.
noun
5.
(usually initial capital letter) a code word formerly used in communications to represent the letter A.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin habilis handy, equivalent to hab(ēre) to have, hold + -ilis -ile

overable, adjective
overably, adverb


1. fit, fitted. Able, capable, competent all mean possessing adequate power for doing something. Able implies power equal to effort required: able to finish in time. Capable implies power to meet or fulfill ordinary requirements: a capable worker. Competent suggests power to meet demands in a completely satisfactory manner: a competent nurse. 2. talented; skilled, clever, ingenious. 3. apt.


1. incompetent.
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able (ˈeɪbəl)
 
adj
1.  (postpositive) having the necessary power, resources, skill, time, opportunity, etc, to do something: able to swim
2.  capable; competent; talented: an able teacher
3.  law qualified, competent, or authorized to do some specific act
 
[C14: ultimately from Latin habilis easy to hold, manageable, apt, from habēre to have, hold + -ilis-ile]

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able
mid-14c., from O.Fr. (h)able, from L. habilis "easily handled, apt," verbal adj. from habere "to hold" (see habit). "Easy to be held," hence "fit for a purpose." The silent h- was dropped in Eng. and resisted academic attempts to restore it 16c.-17c., but some derivatives
acquired it (e.g. habiliment, habilitate), via French.
"Able-whackets - A popular sea-game with cards, in which the loser is beaten over the palms of the hands with a handkerchief tightly twisted like a rope. Very popular with horny-fisted sailors." [Smyth, "Sailor's Word-Book," 1867]
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
ABLE
Association for Biology Laboratory Education
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Example sentences
Many of his compatriots think him their ablest politician.
He is supposedly one of the country's ablest politicians.
Influential mentors draw the ablest graduate students, who in turn help advance
  their own ideas and continued funding.
Many of the country's ablest citizens enrolled in seminaries to prepare for a
  life of service to their congregations.
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