- having the ability or capacity for: a man capable of judging art.
- open to the influence or effect of; susceptible of: a situation capable of improvement.
- predisposed to; inclined to: capable of murder.
Origin of capable
Examples from the Web for capable
At that point, who knows what they could have been capable of.
Because especially my sister is not capable of doing the stuff that he is accusing her of doing.
Researchers in subsequent decades have indeed documented the violence, sexual and otherwise, that these birds are capable of.Lovable ‘Madagascar’ Penguins Are Known to Rape and Torture in Real Life|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Designed for “special missions,” the privately owned company is capable of transporting precious cargo anywhere in the world.The American Ebola Rescue Plan Hinges on One Company. Meet Phoenix.|Abby Haglage|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even an imperfect messenger is capable of delivering news everyone needs to hear.Bill Cosby Foe Hannibal Buress Joked About Date Rape|Rich Goldstein|November 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Love is capable of seeing clearer and deeper than any other faculty.The Heart of Nature|Francis Younghusband
A frenzied effort, the last of which his muscles were capable, and the door yielded.New Grub Street|George Gissing
A trip, I assure you, that not many men would have been capable of.A Maid of the Silver Sea|John Oxenham
Its body is the most significant part, as it is capable of so many variations.The Detection of Forgery|Douglas Blackburn
But even these must be given the opportunity for development, if they are capable of it.Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall|Jean K. Baird
British Dictionary definitions for capable
Word Origin for capable
Word Origin and History for capable
1560s, from Middle French capable or directly from Late Latin capabilis "receptive; able to grasp or hold," used by theologians, from Latin capax "able to hold much, broad, wide, roomy;" also "receptive, fit for;" adjectival form of capere "to grasp, lay hold, take, catch; undertake; take in, hold; be large enough for; comprehend," from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (cf. Sanskrit kapati "two handfuls;" Greek kaptein "to swallow, gulp down;" Lettish kampiu "seize;" Old Irish cacht "servant-girl," literally "captive;" Welsh caeth "captive, slave;" Gothic haban "have, hold;" Old English hæft "handle," habban "to have, hold," Modern English have). Related: Capably.