Meaning of able
Pronunciation: (ā'bul), [key]
— adj., n. a•bler, a•blest,
- having necessary power, skill, resources, or qualifications; qualified: able to lift a two-hundred-pound weight; able to write music; able to travel widely; able to vote.
- having unusual or superior intelligence, skill, etc.: an able leader.
- showing talent, skill, or knowledge: an able speech.
- legally empowered, qualified, or authorized.
- (usually cap.) a code word formerly used in communications to represent the letter A.
- a suffix meaning “capable of, susceptible of, fit for, tending to, given to,” associated in meaning with the wordoccurring in loanwords from Latin (laudable); used in English as a highly productive suffix to form adjectives by addition to stems of any origin (teachable; photographable).
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