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ABLE, a. a'bl. [L. habitis]

1. Having physical power sufficient; having competent power or strength, bodily or mental; as a man able to perform military service - a child is not able to reason on abstract subjects.

2. Having strong or unusual powers of mind, or intellectual qualifications; as an able minister.

Provide out of all Israel able men. Ex. 18.

3. Having large or competent property; or simply have property, or means.

Every man shall give as he is able. Deut. 16.

4. Having competent strength or fortitude.

He is not able to sustain such pain or affliction.

5. Having sufficient knowledge or skill.

He is able to speak French.

She is not able to play on the piano.

6. Having competent moral power or qualifications.

An illegitimate son is not able to take by inheritance.



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ABLE, a. a'bl. [L. habitis]

1. Having physical power sufficient; having competent power or strength, bodily or mental; as a man able to perform military service - a child is not able to reason on abstract subjects.

2. Having strong or unusual powers of mind, or intellectual qualifications; as an able minister.

Provide out of all Israel able men. Ex. 18.

3. Having large or competent property; or simply have property, or means.

Every man shall give as he is able. Deut. 16.

4. Having competent strength or fortitude.

He is not able to sustain such pain or affliction.

5. Having sufficient knowledge or skill.

He is able to speak French.

She is not able to play on the piano.

6. Having competent moral power or qualifications.

An illegitimate son is not able to take by inheritance.

A'BLE, a. [a'bl; Norm. ablez, hable; habler to enable, from L. habilis.]

  1. Having physical power sufficient; having competent power or strength, bodily or mental; as, a man able to perform military service – a child is not able to reason on abstract subjects.
  2. Having strong or unusual powers of mind, or intellectual qualifications; as, an able minister. Provide out of all Israel able men. – Ex. xvii.
  3. Having large or competent property; or simply having property, or means. Every man shall give as he is able. – Deut.
  4. Having competent strength or fortitude; as, he is not able to sustain such pain or affliction.
  5. Having sufficient knowledge or skill; as, he is able to speak French; she is not able to play on the piano.
  6. Having competent moral power or qualifications; as, an illegitimate son is not able to take by inheritance.

A"ble
  1. Fit; adapted; suitable.

    [Obs.]

    A many man, to ben an abbot able.
    Chaucer.

  2. To make able; to enable; to strengthen.

    Chaucer.
  3. An adjective suffix now usually in a passive sense; able to be; fit to be; expressing capacity or worthiness in a passive sense; as, movable, able to be moved; amendable, able to be amended; blamable, fit to be blamed; salable.

    The form -ible is used in the same sense.

    * It is difficult to say when we are not to use -able instead of -ible. "Yet a rule may be laid down as to when we are to use it. To all verbs, then, from the Anglo-Saxon, to all based on the uncorrupted infinitival stems of Latin verbs of the first conjugation, and to all substantives, whencesoever sprung, we annex -able only." Fitzed. Hall.

  4. Having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed of qualifications rendering competent for some end; competent; qualified; capable; as, an able workman, soldier, seaman, a man able to work; a mind able to reason; a person able to be generous; able to endure pain; able to play on a piano.
  5. To vouch for.

    "I 'll able them." Shak.
  6. Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful; as, the ablest man in the senate; an able speech.

    No man wrote abler state papers.
    Macaulay.

  7. Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property.

    Able for, is Scotticism. "Hardly able for such a march."
    Robertson.

    Syn. -- Competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; capable; skillful; clever; vigorous; powerful.

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Able

ABLE, adjective a'bl. [Latin habitis]

1. Having physical power sufficient; having competent power or strength, bodily or mental; as a man able to perform military service - a child is not able to reason on abstract subjects.

2. Having strong or unusual powers of mind, or intellectual qualifications; as an able minister.

Provide out of all Israel able men. Exodus 18:18.

3. Having large or competent property; or simply have property, or means.

Every man shall give as he is able Deuteronomy 16:17.

4. Having competent strength or fortitude.

He is not able to sustain such pain or affliction.

5. Having sufficient knowledge or skill.

He is able to speak French.

She is not able to play on the piano.

6. Having competent moral power or qualifications.

An illegitimate son is not able to take by inheritance.

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2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

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