[ key-puh-buhl ]
/ ˈkeɪ pə bəl /


having power and ability; efficient; competent: a capable instructor.

Idioms for capable

    capable of,
    1. having the ability or capacity for: a man capable of judging art.
    2. open to the influence or effect of; susceptible of: a situation capable of improvement.
    3. predisposed to; inclined to: capable of murder.

Origin of capable

1555–65; < Late Latin capābilis roomy, apparently equivalent to cap(āx) roomy + -ābilis able; see capacity


synonym study for capable

1. See able. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for capable

/ (ˈkeɪpəbəl) /


having ability, esp in many different fields; competent
(postpositive foll by of) able or having the skill (to do something)she is capable of hard work
(postpositive foll by of) having the temperament or inclination (to do something)he seemed capable of murder

Derived forms of capable

capableness, nouncapably, adverb

Word Origin for capable

C16: from French, from Late Latin capābilis able to take in, from Latin capere to take
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