Meaning of ABLE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈā-bəl ]


( abler -b(ə-)lər ; ablest -b(ə-)ləst)

Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin habilis apt, from habēre to have — more at habit

Date: 14th century


a. : having sufficient power, skill, or resources to accomplish an object

b. : susceptible to action or treatment

2. : marked by intelligence, knowledge, skill, or competence

• ably ˈā-b(ə-)lē adverb

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