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Definition of "capable" []

  • Having capacity or ability; efficient and able: a capable administrator. (adjective)
  • Having the ability required for a specific task or accomplishment; qualified: capable of winning. (adjective)
  • Having the inclination or disposition: capable of violence. (adjective)
  • Permitting an action to be performed: an error capable of remedy; a camera capable of being used underwater. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "capable" in a sentence
  • "But a nature capable of so much distress, must of necessity be _capable_ of a corresponding amount of pleasure; and in her case this was manifest in the fact that sleep and the quiet of her own room restored her wonderfully."
  • "_Africaine_, reformed, refined, beautified in her descendants, transformed into the creole negress, commenced to exert a fascination irresistible, capable of winning anything (_capable de tout obtenir_). ""
  • "It is clear then that since "Lover of so and so" is a term capable of several meanings, we do not always denote the same quality by the term"