(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.]
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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
They're all young but capable people.
I don't know what he's capable of doing.
They don't know what he was capable of doing.
We need forces capable of restoring our army.
He is capable; he is very nice, very friendly.
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Translations for capable
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- capaçCatalan, Valencian
- kykenevä, kyvykäsFinnish
- comasachScottish Gaelic
- kapasiteli, kapasitedeTurkish
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