Definition of Capable

1. Adjective. (usually followed by 'of') having capacity or ability. "Capable of walking on two feet"

2. Adjective. Possibly accepting or permitting. "The time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"
Exact synonyms: Open, Subject
Similar to: Susceptible
Derivative terms: Capability

3. Adjective. (followed by 'of') having the temperament or inclination for. "No one believed her capable of murder"
Derivative terms: Capableness
Antonyms: Incapable

4. Adjective. Having the requisite qualities for. "The work isn't up to the standard I require"
Exact synonyms: Adequate To, Equal To, Up To
Similar to: Adequate, Equal

5. Adjective. Have the skills and qualifications to do things well. "Children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable"
Exact synonyms: Able
Similar to: Competent
Derivative terms: Ability, Ability, Capability, Capableness

Definition of Capable

1. a. Possessing ability, qualification, or susceptibility; having capacity; of sufficient size or strength; as, a room capable of holding a large number; a castle capable of resisting a long assault.

Definition of Capable

1. Adjective. Able and efficient; having the ability needed for a specific task; having the disposition to do something; permitting or being susceptible to something. ¹

2. Adjective. (obsolete) Of sufficient capacity or size for holding, containing, receiving or taking in. Construed with ''of'', ''for'' or an infinitive. ¹

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Definition of Capable

1. having ability [adj -BLER, -BLEST] : CAPABLY [adv]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Capable

cap of the ampullary crest
cap off
cap opener
cap over the windmill
cap product
cap products
cap refill
cap screw
cap screws
cap sheet
cap splint
cap stage
capable (current term)

Literary usage of Capable

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding: To which are Now First Added, I. An by John Locke (1828)
"... as body is a thing that is extended, figured, and capable of motion; spirit a thing capable of thinking ; and so hardness, friability, and power to draw ..."

2. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve (1899)
"EFFORTS OF WHICH A DEMOCRACY is capable The Union has only ... seamen in America—Why a democratic people is less capable of sustained effort than another. ..."

3. American Law of Real Estate Agency: Including the Duties and Liabilities of by William Slee Walker (1922)
"Who are capable of becoming 8. Who is not a broker. principals and agents. 8a. ... —In general, it may be said that every person is capable of becoming a ..."

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