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Meaning of ABLE

Pronunciation:  'eybul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something; "able to swim"; "she was able to program her computer"; "we were at last able to buy a car"; "able to get a grant for the project"
  2. [adj]  having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity; "able to learn"; "human beings are able to walk on two feet"; "Superman is able to leap tall buildings"
  3. [adj]  have the skills and qualifications to do things well; "able teachers"; "a capable administrator"; "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable"
  4. [adj]  having a strong healthy body; "an able seaman"; "every able-bodied young man served in the army"

ABLE is a 4 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: able-bodied, capable, competent, fit, healthy
 Antonyms: not able, unable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A"ble\, a. [Comp. {Abler}; superl. {Ablest}.] [OF. habile,
    L. habilis that may be easily held or managed, apt, skillful,
    fr. habere to have, hold. Cf. {Habile} and see {Habit}.]
    1. Fit; adapted; suitable. [Obs.]
             A many man, to ben an abbot able.     --Chaucer.
    2. Having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or
       resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed
       of qualifications rendering competent for some end;
       competent; qualified; capable; as, an able workman,
       soldier, seaman, a man able to work; a mind able to
       reason; a person able to be generous; able to endure pain;
       able to play on a piano.
    3. Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong
       mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever;
       powerful; as, the ablest man in the senate; an able
             No man wrote abler state papers.      --Macaulay.
    4. (Law) Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence;
       as, able to inherit or devise property.
    {Able for}, is Scotticism. ``Hardly able for such a march.''
    Syn: Competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective;
         capable; skillful; clever; vigorous; powerful.
  2. \A"ble\, v. t. [See {Able}, a.] [Obs.]
    1. To make able; to enable; to strengthen. --Chaucer.
    2. To vouch for. ``I 'll able them.'' --Shak.
  3. \-a*ble\ (-[.a]*b'l). [F. -able, L. -abilis.]
    An adjective suffix now usually in a passive sense; able to
    be; fit to be; expressing capacity or worthiness in a passive
    sense; as, movable, able to be moved; amendable, able to be
    amended; blamable, fit to be blamed; salable.
    Note: The form {-ible} is used in the same sense.
    Note: It is difficult to say when we are not to use -able
          instead of -ible. ``Yet a rule may be laid down as to
          when we are to use it. To all verbs, then, from the
          Anglo-Saxon, to all based on the uncorrupted
          infinitival stems of Latin verbs of the first
          conjugation, and to all substantives, whencesoever
          sprung, we annex -able only.'' --Fitzed. Hall.
Computing Dictionary

A simple language for accountants.

["ABLE, The Accounting Language, Programming and Reference Manual," Evansville Data Proc Center, Evansville, IN, Mar 1975].

[Listed in SIGPLAN Notices 13(11):56 (Nov 1978)].

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