AskDefine | Define capable

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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]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From capabilis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. Able and efficient; having the ability needed for a specific task; having the disposition to do something; permitting or being susceptible to something.
    She is capable and efficient.
    He does not need help; he is capable of eating on his own.
    As everyone knew, he was capable of violence when roused.
    That fact is not capable of proof.

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Translations

French

Etymology

From capabilis.

Pronunciation

Adjective

capable

See also

Extensive Definition

Capability is the ability to perform actions. As it applies to human capital, capability is the sum of expertise and capacity.
It is a component within the theories of:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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
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