(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.
Etymology: From capabilis.
Of sufficient capacity or size for holding, containing, receiving or taking in. Construed with of, for or an infinitive.
Etymology: 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 natural and intuitive ability 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
If we don't talk about the Paris Agreement and if we don't get an agreement on it amongst the 20 members in the room, we are no longer capable of defending our climate change goals and France will not be part of this.
This most recent attack is yet further evidence of a complex web of threats that are capable of sophisticated, sustained attacks against both soft and hard targets.
I don't have any concerns. I don't let my brain sit back and think about if I don't knock him out or are they going to rob me, or anything like that, i just don't want my mind to be on that when I'm in a fight. I want to have a clear mind. I want to go in there and do what Deontay is capable of doing.
An organization like ISIL (Islamic State) is capable of surprising us ... so we want to work hard to eliminate that opportunity for surprise and we do that through a robust presence ?in the maritime environment, in the Suez Canal what we've seen consistently despite unrest that has occurred in Egypt ... (is) a Suez canal that is secure and properly administered.
North Korean beer tastes great and despite the really big demand for it on the east coast, there's no large-scale brewery in the region capable of generating the supply.
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Translations for capable
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- capaçCatalan, Valencian
- kykenevä, kyvykäsFinnish
- comasachScottish Gaelic
- kapasiteli, kapasitedeTurkish
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