- marked by purposefulness and efficiency: a can-do executive.
- the quality of being efficient and enthusiastic.
Origin of can-do
First recorded in 1900–05
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Related Words for can doavailable, probable, desirable, imaginable, feasible, potential, achievable, conceivable, viable, resilient, flexible, compliant, malleable, versatile, commit, manage, cinch, dependent, setup, welcome
- confident and resourceful in the face of challengesa can-do attitude
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by 1952, from expression can do "it is possible," literally "(I or we) can do (it)," 1903, perhaps based on earlier no can do (see no).
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