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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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British Dictionary definitions for capableness

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 capableness
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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