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[hab-il] /ˈhæb ɪl/
skillful; dexterous; adroit.
Origin of habile
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English habyll < Latin habilis handy, apt; see able Unabridged
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  • From French, "habile," in which we see the etymology of "able."

    Letters of Samuel Rutherford Samuel Rutherford
  • The habile Major descried the party the instant he entered the room, and led the lady directly to it.

    The Widow Barnaby Frances Trollope
  • The Indian must yield to them in this knowledge, and even the habile sailor makes but a clumsy knot in comparison.

    The White Chief Mayne Reid
  • Whether in his study of political problems, his pictures of people, or his sketches of scenery, he is equally keen and habile.

British Dictionary definitions for habile


(rare) skilful
(obsolete) fit
Word Origin
C14: from Latin habilis, from habēre to have; see able
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