Able and Capable

Able

Able may refer to:

able adj 1: (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something; "able to swim"; "she was able to program her computer"; "we were at last able to buy a car"; "able to get a grant for the project" [ant: {unable}] 2: have the skills and qualifications to do things well; "able teachers"; "a capable administrator"; "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable" [syn: {capable}] 3: having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity; "able to learn"; "human beings are able to walk on two feet"; "Superman is able to leap tall buildings" 4: having a strong healthy body; "an able seaman"; "every able-bodied young man served in the army" [syn: {able-bodied}]

77 Moby Thesaurus words for "able": adapted, adequate, adjusted, alert, au fait, brainy, brilliant, capable, checked out, clever, competent, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, enigmatic, enterprising, equal to, expert, fit, fitted, fitted for, go-ahead, good, incalculable, incognizable, intelligent, journeyman, keen, mysterious, productive, proficient, proper, puzzling, qualified, sealed, sharp, skilled, skillful, smart, strange, suited, unapparent, unapprehended, unascertained, unbeknown, uncharted, unclassified, undisclosed, undiscoverable, undiscovered, undivulged, unexplained, unexplored, unexposed, unfamiliar, unfathomed, unheard, unheard-of, unidentified, uninvestigated, unknowable, unknown, unperceived, unplumbed, unrevealed, unsuspected, untouched, up to, up to snuff, up-and-coming, virgin, well-fitted, well-qualified, well-suited, wicked, worthy

Able \A"ble\, v. t. [See {Able}, a.] [Obs.] 1. To make able; to enable; to strengthen. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To vouch for. ``I 'll able them.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Able \A"ble\, a. [comp. {Abler}; superl. {Ablest}.] [OF. habile, L. habilis that may be easily held or managed, apt, skillful, fr. habere to have, hold. Cf. {Habile} and see {Habit}.] 1. Fit; adapted; suitable. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A many man, to ben an abbot able. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. Having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed of qualifications rendering competent for some end; competent; qualified; capable; as, an able workman, soldier, seaman, a man able to work; a mind able to reason; a person able to be generous; able to endure pain; able to play on a piano. [1913 Webster] 3. Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful; as, the ablest man in the senate; an able speech. [1913 Webster] No man wrote abler state papers. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster] 4. (Law) Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property. [1913 Webster] Note: {Able for}, is Scotticism. ``Hardly able for such a march.'' --Robertson. [1913 Webster] Syn: Competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; capable; skillful; clever; vigorous; powerful. [1913 Webster]

-able \-a*ble\ (-[.a]*b'l). [F. -able, L. -abilis.] An adjective suffix now usually in a passive sense; able to be; fit to be; expressing capacity or worthiness in a passive sense; as, movable, able to be moved; amendable, able to be amended; blamable, fit to be blamed; salable. [1913 Webster] Note: The form {-ible} is used in the same sense. [1913 Webster] Note: It is difficult to say when we are not to use -able instead of -ible. ``Yet a rule may be laid down as to when we are to use it. To all verbs, then, from the Anglo-Saxon, to all based on the uncorrupted infinitival stems of Latin verbs of the first conjugation, and to all substantives, whencesoever sprung, we annex -able only.'' --Fitzed. Hall. [1913 Webster]

ABLE A simple language for accountants. ["ABLE, The Accounting Language, Programming and Reference Manual," Evansville Data Proc Center, Evansville, IN, Mar 1975]. [Listed in SIGPLAN Notices 13(11):56 (Nov 1978)]. (1994-11-08)

Capable

Capability is the ability to perform actions.

capable adj 1: (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability; "capable of winning"; "capable of hard work"; "capable of walking on two feet" [ant: {incapable}] 2: possibly accepting or permitting; "a passage capable of misinterpretation"; "open to interpretation"; "an issue open to question"; "the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation" [syn: {open}, {subject}] 3: (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for; "no one believed her capable of murder" [ant: {incapable}] 4: having the requisite qualities for; "equal to the task"; "the work isn't up to the standard I require" [syn: {adequate to(p)}, {equal to(p)}, {up to(p)}] 5: have the skills and qualifications to do things well; "able teachers"; "a capable administrator"; "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable" [syn: {able}]

43 Moby Thesaurus words for "capable": able, accomplished, adapted, adept, adequate, adjusted, apt, au fait, capable of, checked out, clever, competent, disposed to, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, equal to, expert, fit, fitted, fitted for, gifted, good, inclined to, journeyman, masterful, masterly, predisposed to, productive, proficient, proper, qualified, skilled, suited, talented, up to, up to snuff, well-fitted, well-qualified, well-suited, wicked, worthy

Capable \Ca"pa*ble\, a. [F. capable, LL. capabilis capacious, capable, fr. L. caper to take, contain. See {Heave}.] 1. Possessing ability, qualification, or susceptibility; having capacity; of sufficient size or strength; as, a room capable of holding a large number; a castle capable of resisting a long assault. [1913 Webster] Concious of joy and capable of pain. --Prior. [1913 Webster] 2. Possessing adequate power; qualified; able; fully competent; as, a capable instructor; a capable judge; a mind capable of nice investigations. [1913 Webster] More capable to discourse of battles than to give them. --Motley. [1913 Webster] 3. Possessing legal power or capacity; as, a man capable of making a contract, or a will. [1913 Webster] 4. Capacious; large; comprehensive. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Note: Capable is usually followed by of, sometimes by an infinitive. Syn: Able; competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; skillful. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • able: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • able: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • able: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • able: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • able: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • able: The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03)
  • capable: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • capable: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • capable: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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