What does capable mean?

Definitions for capable
ˈkeɪ pə bəlca·pa·ble

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. capableadjective

    (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability

    "capable of winning"; "capable of hard work"; "capable of walking on two feet"

  2. capable, open, subjectadjective

    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"

  3. capableadjective

    (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for

    "no one believed her capable of murder"

  4. adequate to(p), capable, equal to(p), up to(p)adjective

    having the requisite qualities for

    "equal to the task"; "the work isn't up to the standard I require"

  5. able, capableadjective

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. capableadjective

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

  2. capableadjective

    Of sufficient capacity or size for holding, containing, receiving or taking in. Construed with of, for or an infinitive.

  3. Etymology: From capabilis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CAPABLEadjective

    Etymology: capable, Fr.

    To say, that the more capable, or the better deserver, hath such right to govern, as he may compulsorily bring under the less worthy, is idle. Francis Bacon.

    When we consider so much of that space, as is equal to, or capable to receive a body of any assigned dimensions. John Locke.

    When you hear any person give his judgment, consider with yourself whether he be a capable judge. Isaac Watts.

    Look you, how pale he glares;
    His form and cause conjoined, preaching to stones,
    Would make them capable. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    I am much bound to God, that he hath endued you with one capable of the best instructions. Digby.

    The soul, immortal substance, to remain,
    Conscious of joy, and capable of pain. Matthew Prior.

    There is no man that believes the goodness of God, but must be inclined to think, that he hath made some things for as long a duration as they are capable of. John Tillotson.

    Of my land,
    Loyal and natural boy! I’ll work the means
    To make thee capable. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    What secret springs their eager passions move,
    How capable of death for injur’d love. John Dryden, Virgil.

    Lean but upon a rush,
    The cicatrice, and capable impressure,
    Thy palm some moments keeps. William Shakespeare, As you like it.

ChatGPT

  1. capable

    Capable refers to having the ability, power, fitness or competency to perform or accomplish something successfully. It can also refer to having the qualities or abilities required for a specific task or function.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capableadjective

    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

  2. Capableadjective

    possessing adequate power; qualified; able; fully competent; as, a capable instructor; a capable judge; a mind capable of nice investigations

  3. Capableadjective

    possessing legal power or capacity; as, a man capable of making a contract, or a will

  4. Capableadjective

    capacious; large; comprehensive

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Capable

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. capable

    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  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capable' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2087

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capable' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3031

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'capable' in Adjectives Frequency: #276

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of capable in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of capable in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of capable in a Sentence

  1. Phil McAlister:

    The private sector is technically and financially capable of developing and operating commercial low-Earth orbit destinations, with NASA's assistance. We look forward to sharing our lessons learned and operations experience with the private sector to help them develop safe, reliable, and cost-effective destinations in space, the report we have delivered to Congress describes, in detail, our comprehensive plan for ensuring a smooth transition to commercial destinations after retirement of the International Space Station in 2030.

  2. Jeanne Leonard:

    I feel like the divisiveness in our country has become poisonous, i feel like bigotry and hatred, xenophobia, homophobia are causing a divide in our country that is not going to be healed easily. And I think that Trump is not capable of making rational decisions.

  3. Matt Damon:

    (Weir) really got this guy with this great sense of humor, really smart and really capable guy, but somebody who has that great kind of gallows humor that people who do this kind of work tend to have.

  4. Joseph Addison:

    Nothing is capable of being well set to music that is not nonsense.

  5. The US:

    We know The PRC used these balloons for surveillance, high resolution imagery from U-2 flybys revealed that the high-altitude balloon was capable of conducting signals intelligence collection operations.

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