ca·pa·ble /ˈkepəbəl, ||ˈkepbəl/
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.
Concious of joy and capable of pain. --Prior.
2. Possessing adequate power; qualified; able; fully competent; as, a capable instructor; a capable judge; a mind capable of nice investigations.
More capable to discourse of battles than to give them. --Motley.
3. Possessing legal power or capacity; as, a man capable of making a contract, or a will.
4. Capacious; large; comprehensive. [Obs.]
Note: ☞ Capable is usually followed by of, sometimes by an infinitive.
Syn: -- Able; competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; skillful.
adj 1: (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability;
"capable of winning"; "capable of hard work"; "capable
of walking on two feet" [ant: incapable]
2: possibly accepting or permitting; "a 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" [syn: open,
3: (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination
for; "no one believed her capable of murder" [ant: incapable]
4: having the requisite qualities for; "equal to the task";
"the work isn't up to the standard I require" [syn: adequate
to(p), equal to(p), up to(p)]
5: have the skills and qualifications to do things well; "able
teachers"; "a capable administrator"; "children as young
as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable" [syn: able]