- The definition of capable is having the skills to do something well.
An example of capable is a carpenter who can do a good job and work quickly.
Origin of capableFrench ; from Late Latin capabilis ; from Classical Latin capere, to take: see have
- susceptible of; admitting of; open to
- having the ability or qualities necessary for
- able or ready to: capable of telling a lie
- Having capacity or ability; efficient and able: a capable administrator. See Usage Note at able.
- Having the ability required for a specific task or accomplishment; qualified: capable of winning.
- Having the inclination or disposition: capable of violence.
- Permitting an action to be performed: an error capable of remedy; a camera capable of being used underwater.
Origin of capableLate Latin capābilis, from capere, to take; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more capable, superlative most capable)
- 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.
From Middle French capable, from Late Latin capabilis.