The definition of able is to have the skills or strength to do a task.adjective
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- having enough power, skill, etc. to do something: able to read
- having much power of mind; skilled; talented: an able teacher
- Law legally qualified, authorized, or competent to do a specified act
Origin: ME < OFr hable, habile < L habilis, easily handled, apt < habere, to have, hold: see habit
- that can or will: perishable
- capable of being ____ed: manageable
- worthy of being ____ed: lovable
- having qualities of: comfortable
- tending or inclined to: peaceable
Origin: ME < OFr < L -abilis
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adjective a·bler, a·blest
- Having sufficient power or resources to accomplish something: a singer able to reach high notes; a detergent able to remove stains.
- Usage Problem Susceptible to action or treatment: The brakes were able to be fixed.
- Especially capable or talented.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin habilis, from habēre, to handle; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.
- aˈbly adverb
- Susceptible, capable, or worthy of a specified action: debatable.
- Inclined or given to a specified state or action: changeable.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin -ābilis, -ibilis : -ā- and -i-, thematic vowels + -bilis, adj. suff.