Meaning of ABLE in English
/ ˈeɪbl; NAmE / adjective
able to do sth (used as a modal verb) to have the skill, intelligence, opportunity, etc. needed to do sth :
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A viral illness left her barely able to walk.
I didn't feel able to disagree with him.
Will you be able to come?
OPP unable ➡ note at can (I)
( abler / ˈeɪblə(r); NAmE /, ablest / ˈeɪblɪst; NAmE /) intelligent; good at sth :
the ablest student in the class
We aim to help the less able in society to lead an independent life.
—see also ably
able adjective (≠ unable )
ability noun (≠ inability )
late Middle English (also in the sense easy to use, suitable ): from Old French hable , from Latin habilis handy, from habere to hold.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005