ably

[ ey-blee ]
/ ˈeɪ bli /

adverb

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

Nearby words

  1. abluent,
  2. ablush,
  3. abluted,
  4. ablution,
  5. ablutions,
  6. abm,
  7. abm treaty,
  8. abmho,
  9. abmodality,
  10. abn

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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British Dictionary definitions for ably

ably

/ (ˈeɪblɪ) /

adverb

in a competent or skilful manner
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