capable of


having power and ability; efficient; competent: a capable instructor.
capable of,
having the ability or capacity for: a man capable of judging art.
open to the influence or effect of; susceptible of: a situation capable of improvement.
predisposed to; inclined to: capable of murder.

1555–65; < Late Latin capābilis roomy, apparently equivalent to cap(āx) roomy + -ābilis able; see capacity

capableness, noun
capably, adverb
overcapable, adjective
quasi-capable, adjective
quasi-capably, adverb
supercapable, adjective
supercapableness, noun
supercapably, adverb

1. skillful, ingenious, accomplished. See able. Unabridged
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capable (ˈkeɪpəbəl)
adj (foll by of) (foll by of)
1.  having ability, esp in many different fields; competent
2.  able or having the skill (to do something): she is capable of hard work
3.  having the temperament or inclination (to do something): he seemed capable of murder
[C16: from French, from Late Latin capābilis able to take in, from Latin capere to take]

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Word Origin & History

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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