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capable
WordNet 2.0
  • having the requisite qualities for
  • "equal to the task"
  • "the work isn''t up to the standard I require"
  • (usually followed by `of'') having capacity or ability
  • "capable of winning"
  • "capable of hard work"
  • "capable of walking on two feet"
  • (followed by `of'') having the temperament or inclination for
  • "no one believed her capable of murder"
  • 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"
  • possibly accepting or permitting
  • "a passage capable of misinterpretation"
  • "open to interpretation"
  • "an issue open to question"
  • "the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"
capable
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
  • 1. Possessing ability, qualification, or susceptibility; having capacity; of sufficient size or strength; as, a room capable of holding a large number; a castle capable of resisting a long assault.

    "Concious of joy and capable of pain. Prior." --

    2. Possessing adequate power; qualified; able; fully competent; as, a capable instructor; a capable judge; a mind capable of nice investigations.

    "More capable to discourse of battles than to give them. Motley." --

    3. Possessing legal power or capacity; as, a man capable of making a contract, or a will.

    4. Capacious; large; comprehensive. [Obs.] Shak.

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    Capable is usually followed by of, sometimes by an infinitive.

    Syn. -- Able; competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; skillful.

 

Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.

Aristotle
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