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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


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


Antonymsinsusceptible, unsusceptible

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

SamplesNo one believed her capable of murder.


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.




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