Capable Ca"pa*ble, a. [F. capable, LL. capabilis capacious, capable, fr. L. caper to take, contain. See {Heave}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Concious of joy and capable of pain. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

2. Possessing adequate power; qualified; able; fully competent; as, a capable instructor; a capable judge; a mind capable of nice investigations. [1913 Webster]

More capable to discourse of battles than to give them. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

3. Possessing legal power or capacity; as, a man capable of making a contract, or a will. [1913 Webster]

4. Capacious; large; comprehensive. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

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

Syn: Able; competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; skillful. [1913 Webster]

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  • capable — CAPABLE. adj. de tout genre, Habile, intelligent. En ce sens il se dit absolument. Un homme capable. Mettre une affaire, une charge entre les mains d une personne capable. Il signifie aussi, Celuy qui a les qualitez requises pour faire quelque… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

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