Hypertext Webster Gateway: "capable"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

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.

Concious of joy and capable of pain. --Prior.

2. Possessing adequate power; qualified; able; fully
competent; as, a capable instructor; a capable judge; a
mind capable of nice investigations.

More capable to discourse of battles than to give
them. --Motley.

3. Possessing legal power or capacity; as, a man capable of
making a contract, or a will.

4. Capacious; large; comprehensive. [Obs.] --Shak.

Note: Capable is usually followed by of, sometimes by an

Syn: Able; competent; qualified; fitted; efficient;
effective; skillful.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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: (`capable' is usually followed by `of' or `to') 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
to(p)}, {subject to(p)}]
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}]

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