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ably

[ ey-blee ]
/ ˈeɪ bli /
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adverb

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

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Origin of ably

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

Definition for ably (2 of 2)

-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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ably
/ (ˈeɪblɪ) /

adverb

in a competent or skilful manner
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