Let abler men explain to us what we mean when we talk about Immutable Morality.
All students of our art are familiar with it as presented by abler hands than mine.
Fortunately for Carlingford, its reorganisation was in abler hands.
He was treading in the steps of other, and abler men, who had gone before him.
She is always the same, like herself; and when she collects her strength is abler still.
Stronger statements than these of Mill's, or by an abler authority, could not be asked for.
Here and there in the South we find these people of the abler stocks already so employed.
He was abler in attack than in defense—like most polemic authors.
There a man does not take long to find out that he is opposed by some who are abler and better than himself.
No American ever lived who was an abler or more polished writer than he.
early 14c., from Old French (h)able (14c.), from Latin habilem, habilis "easily handled, apt," verbal adjective from habere "to hold" (see habit). "Easy to be held," hence "fit for a purpose." The silent h- was dropped in English and resisted academic attempts to restore it 16c.-17c., but some derivatives acquired it (e.g. habiliment, habilitate), via French.
Able-whackets - A popular sea-game with cards, in which the loser is beaten over the palms of the hands with a handkerchief tightly twisted like a rope. Very popular with horny-fisted sailors. [Smyth, "Sailor's Word-Book," 1867]