- having power and ability; efficient; competent: a capable instructor.
- capable of,
- having the ability or capacity for: a man capable of judging art.
- open to the influence or effect of; susceptible of: a situation capable of improvement.
- predisposed to; inclined to: capable of murder.
Origin of capable
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Examples from the Web for capable
At that point, who knows what they could have been capable of.The Attack on the Hidden Internet
December 29, 2014
Because especially my sister is not capable of doing the stuff that he is accusing her of doing.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
Researchers in subsequent decades have indeed documented the violence, sexual and otherwise, that these birds are capable of.Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life
November 26, 2014
Designed for “special missions,” the privately owned company is capable of transporting precious cargo anywhere in the world.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.
November 22, 2014
Even an imperfect messenger is capable of delivering news everyone needs to hear.Bill Cosby Foe Hannibal Buress Joked About Date Rape
November 20, 2014
But you shall see how I'll help you with your work; I was capable of it all the time.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It passed, and the next moment she was on her feet again, capable of action.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
If I am capable of judging, our tempers and inclinations are vastly different.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
She is so capable and the girls not only like her but respect her as well.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
The Duke wanted a capable candidate to help him regain his ascendency.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
- having ability, esp in many different fields; competent
- (postpositive foll by of) able or having the skill (to do something)she is capable of hard work
- (postpositive foll by of) having the temperament or inclination (to do something)he seemed capable of murder
Word Origin and History for capable
1560s, from Middle French capable or directly from Late Latin capabilis "receptive; able to grasp or hold," used by theologians, from Latin capax "able to hold much, broad, wide, roomy;" also "receptive, fit for;" adjectival form of capere "to grasp, lay hold, take, catch; undertake; take in, hold; be large enough for; comprehend," from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (cf. Sanskrit kapati "two handfuls;" Greek kaptein "to swallow, gulp down;" Lettish kampiu "seize;" Old Irish cacht "servant-girl," literally "captive;" Welsh caeth "captive, slave;" Gothic haban "have, hold;" Old English hæft "handle," habban "to have, hold," Modern English have). Related: Capably.