1. (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability;
- Example: "capable of winning"
- Example: "capable of hard work"
- Example: "capable of walking on two feet"
2. possibly accepting or permitting;
- Example: "a passage capable of misinterpretation"
- Example: "open to interpretation"
- Example: "an issue open to question"
- Example: "the time is fixed by the director and players and therefore subject to much variation"
[syn: capable, open, subject]
3. (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for;
- Example: "no one believed her capable of murder"
4. having the requisite qualities for;
- Example: "equal to the task"
- Example: "the work isn't up to the standard I require"
[syn: adequate to(p), capable, equal to(p), up to(p)]
5. have the skills and qualifications to do things well;
- Example: "able teachers"
- Example: "a capable administrator"
- Example: "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable"
[syn: able, capable]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
43 Moby Thesaurus words for "capable": able, accomplished, adapted, adept, adequate, adjusted, apt, au fait, capable of, checked out, clever, competent, disposed to, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, equal to, expert, fit, fitted, fitted for, gifted, good, inclined to, journeyman, masterful, masterly, predisposed to, productive, proficient, proper, qualified, skilled, suited, talented, up to, up to snuff, well-fitted, well-qualified, well-suited, wicked, worthy