- 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 capably
"I started the girlies off to eight o'clock service," she said capably.The Heart of Rachael
She was serving the judicial party herself, and capably, too.Langford of the Three Bars
"No, I'm only going over to Kepplers," replied Betty capably.Betty Gordon in Washington
Alice B. Emerson
If he so does, capably and without delay, thou shalt possess the jewels.Kai Lung's Golden Hours
Dr. Mangan drove home as swiftly and capably as was his wont.Mount Music
E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
- 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 capably
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.