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capable

[key-puh-buh l] /ˈkeɪ pə bəl/
adjective
1.
having power and ability; efficient; competent:
a capable instructor.
Idioms
2.
capable of,
  1. having the ability or capacity for:
    a man capable of judging art.
  2. open to the influence or effect of; susceptible of:
    a situation capable of improvement.
  3. predisposed to; inclined to:
    capable of murder.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; < Late Latin capābilis roomy, apparently equivalent to cap(āx) roomy + -ābilis able; see capacity
Related forms
capableness, noun
capably, adverb
overcapable, adjective
quasi-capable, adjective
quasi-capably, adverb
supercapable, adjective
supercapableness, noun
supercapably, adverb
Synonyms
1. skillful, ingenious, accomplished. See able.
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Examples for capable
  • Radio waves, although capable of going through the human body, have an energy too low to damage it.
  • It's easy to play yet capable of great subtlety; a skillful player can make notes bend and quiver and sigh.
  • The problem with this attitude is that women are not thought to be capable of anything else other than motherhood, by society.
  • The baby birds are capable of feeding themselves upon hatching.
  • They grew into adults, capable of reproducing every 55 days and during all seasons of the year.
  • This story of the capable Hugh, told in a rhythmic text that hurries along like the hero, is a read-aloud natural.
  • Applicants must have administrative and organizing ability and be capable of controlling a large staff.
  • Now these remote health monitors are becoming even more sophisticated and capable of being used in the most extreme conditions.
  • She's an intelligent, capable woman who has grown up in a competitive and highly deadly atmosphere.
  • And, most important, it was becoming clear that they were capable of sending up heavier payloads — like a nuclear warhead.
British Dictionary definitions for capable

capable

/ˈkeɪpəbəl/
adjective
1.
having ability, esp in many different fields; competent
2.
(postpositive) foll by of. able or having the skill (to do something) she is capable of hard work
3.
(postpositive) foll by of. having the temperament or inclination (to do something) he seemed capable of murder
Derived Forms
capableness, noun
capably, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Late Latin capābilis able to take in, from Latin capere to take
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Word Origin and History for capable
capable
1561, from L.L. capabilis "receptive," used by theologians, from L. capax "able to hold much," adj. form of capere "to take, grasp, lay hold, catch, undertake, be large enough for, comprehend," from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (cf. Skt. kapati "two handfuls," Gk. kaptein "to swallow, gulp down," Lett. kampiu "seize," O.Ir. cacht "servant-girl," lit. "captive," Welsh caeth "captive, slave," Goth. haban "have, hold," O.E. hæft "handle," habban "to have, hold;" see have).
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