ably

[ey-blee]

adverb

in an able manner; with skill or ability; competently.

Origin of ably

First recorded in 1350–1400, ably is from the Middle English word abelli. See able, -ly

-ably

a suffix combining -able and -ly that forms adverbs corresponding to adjectives ending in -able: commendably; dependably; tolerably.
Also -ibly.
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competently, adroitly, capably

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ably

adverb

in a competent or skilful manner
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