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.

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. Hamdullah Mohib:

    They said PPS has collapsed. If I take a stand, they will all be killed, and they will not be capable of defending me.

  2. Thomas Alva Edison:

    If we did all the things we were capable of doing, We would literally astound ourselves.

  3. Deontay Wilder:

    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.

  4. Ben Hottel:

    Rodents are experts at sniffing out food and shelter, and they're resilient in their ways to obtain both, residential properties offer the ideal habitat for rodents, and once they've settled in, they're capable of reproducing rapidly and in large quantities.

  5. Bob Gray:

    That’s likely because voters want Charlie Baker to check on the Democratic-controlled legislature, but they’re turned off by Republicans in federal races, especially over social issues. He thinks Senator Warren and her deep-pocketed campaign will be tough to beat but that Dielh or Lindstrom are capable, with Diehl perhaps having the early advantage as a result of better name recognition. Senator Warren has $ 11 million in her campaign account through the end of June, compared with $ 260,000 for Geoff Diehl and $ 28,000 for Shiva Ayyadurai, another GOP candidate and a technology entrepreneur, according to Federal Election Commission records. Though presidents typically stay out of their party’s primaries, Bob Gray pointed out that Donald Trump has already defied that convention and mused that Donald Trump could be a factor in Massachusetts.

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