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Definitions of able

  1. having a strong healthy body; "an able seaman"; "every able-bodied young man served in the army" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Fit; adapted; suitable. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To make able; to enable; to strengthen. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To vouch for. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Possessed of power, fitness, or means; competent; as, he is an able lawyer; active, strong. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. Ably. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Having sufficient strength, power, or means to do a thing: skillful. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. Strong; skilful; capable. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  15. Having adequate power; competent; capable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. Given to; tending to; like to; fit to; worthy of; capable of; able to; as, changeable, honorable, thinkable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Having power, bodily or mental, to do a thing; superior intellectual qualifications: competent wealth or means; sufficient knowledge or skill; the requisite qualifications or legal power. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. A simple language for accountants.["ABLE, The Accounting Language, Programming and ReferenceManual," Evansville Data Proc Center, Evansville, IN, Mar1975].[Listed in SIGPLAN Notices 13(11):56 (Nov 1978)]. foldoc_fs
  19. [=a]'bl, adj. (comp. A'BLER; superl. A'BLEST) having sufficient strength, power, or means to do a thing: skilful.--adj. A'BLE-BOD'IED, of a strong body: free from disability, of a sailor, labourer, &c.: robust.--adv. A'BLY. [See ABILITY.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. Talented, clever; competent, having the means or power (to), esp. w. parts of be to supply the deficiencies of can; legally qualified; a.-bodied seaman (abbr. A.B.), of special class. Hence ably adv. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. Having strong faculties, or great strength or knowledge, riches, or any other power of mind, body, or fortune; having power sufficient. Complete Dictionary

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