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[hab-il] /ˈhæb ɪl/
skillful; dexterous; adroit.
Origin of habile
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English habyll < Latin habilis handy, apt; see able Unabridged
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  • Whether in his study of political problems, his pictures of people, or his sketches of scenery, he is equally keen and habile.

  • From French, "habile," in which we see the etymology of "able."

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • The habile Major descried the party the instant he entered the room, and led the lady directly to it.

    The Widow Barnaby Frances Trollope
  • The Indian must yield to them in this knowledge, and even the habile sailor makes but a clumsy knot in comparison.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for habile


(rare) skilful
(obsolete) fit
Word Origin
C14: from Latin habilis, from habēre to have; see able
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