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English adjective: capable

1. capable (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability


SamplesCapable of winning.
Capable of hard work.
Capable of walking on two feet.


Similarable, confident, resourceful, sure-footed, surefooted


See alsocompetent


Attributecapability, capability, capableness, capableness, potentiality


Antonymsincapable

2. capable possibly accepting or permitting


SamplesA 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.


Synonymsopen, subject


Similarsusceptible


Antonymsinsusceptible, unsusceptible

3. capable (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for


SamplesNo one believed her capable of murder.


Antonymsincapable

4. capable having the requisite qualities for


SamplesEqual to the task.
The work isn't up to the standard I require.


Synonymsadequate to, equal to, up to


Similaradequate, equal


Antonymsinadequate, unequal

5. capable have the skills and qualifications to do things well


SamplesAble teachers.
A capable administrator.
Children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable.


Synonymsable


Similarcompetent


Antonymsincompetent









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