(usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability
"capable of winning"; "capable of hard work"; "capable of walking on two feet"
capable, open, subject(adj)
possibly accepting or permitting
"a passage capable of misinterpretation"; "open to interpretation"; "an issue open to question"; "the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"
(followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for
"no one believed her capable of murder"
adequate to(p), capable, equal to(p), up to(p)(adj)
having the requisite qualities for
"equal to the task"; "the work isn't up to the standard I require"
have the skills and qualifications to do things well
"able teachers"; "a capable administrator"; "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable"
Able and efficient; having the ability needed for a specific task; having the disposition to do something; permitting or being susceptible to something.
Of sufficient capacity or size for holding, containing, receiving or taking in. Construed with of, for or an infinitive.
Origin: From capabilis.
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
possessing adequate power; qualified; able; fully competent; as, a capable instructor; a capable judge; a mind capable of nice investigations
possessing legal power or capacity; as, a man capable of making a contract, or a will
capacious; large; comprehensive
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
kāp′a-bl, adj. having ability, power, or skill to do: qualified, competent.—ns. Capabil′ity, Cap′ableness. [Fr.,—Low L. capabilis—L. capĕre, to hold, take.]
To have the ability, capability or power to do.
We are all capable of doing various tasks.Submitted by MaryC on February 20, 2020
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Capable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2087
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'Capable' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3031
Rank popularity for the word 'Capable' in Adjectives Frequency: #276
The numerical value of Capable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of Capable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of Capable in a Sentence
It is clear enough that the government is not successful in providing the economic leadership that we need, australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has not been capable of providing the economic confidence that business needs.
We have enough shown restraint in this case. It's high time we showed what we are capable of.
We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
But women are capable of seeing things with a different angle from us, with a different eye, and pose questions that we men are not able to understand ... so when the next pope comes to Manila, let's please have more women among you.
In the mirrorlike relationship between wine and human beings, Zinfandel owned more reflective properties than any other grape; in its infinite mutability, it was capable of expressing almost any philosophical position or psychological function. As a result, its own "true" nature might never be known.
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Translations for Capable
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- capaçCatalan, Valencian
- kykenevä, kyvykäsFinnish
- comasachScottish Gaelic
- kapasiteli, kapasitedeTurkish
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