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Etymology

From Old French habile, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] habilis, from habeō (have, hold).

Pronunciation

Homophones

Adjective

able (comparative abl, superlative er)

Positive
able

Comparative
abl

Superlative
er

  1. (dated) Healthy.
    After the past week of forced marches, only half the men are fully able.
  2. Permitted to; not prevented from; having the power or capacity to.
    With that obstacle removed, I am now able to proceed with my plan.
    I’m only able to visit you when I have other work here.
    I’ll see you as soon as I’m able.
  3. Skillful.
    The chairman was also an able sailor.
  4. (law) Legally qualified or competent.
    In most states, such a person is not able to inherit property.

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Translations

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Verb

Infinitive
to able

Third person singular
abl

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to able (third-person singular simple present abl, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To make capable; to enable; to strengthen.
  2. (transitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To vouch for.

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Anagrams

  • abel – (alphagram)
  • bale

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