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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having the ability to perform as required; competent.
She is a highly capable teacher who accomplishes a great deal with her students.
able, competent, effectual, good, qualified
incapable, incompetent
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adept, apt, clever, effective, efficacious, ingenious, knowledgeable, on the ball, proficient, resourceful, skillful, smart
definition 2: having the mental or physical ability to accomplish a particular thing (usually followed by "of").
She is capable of great success if she puts her mind to it.Two weeks after surgery, I was capable of standing by myself.
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definition 3: having the psychological makeup that allows a particular emotion or the carrying out of particular act (usu. fol. by "of").
We couldn't believe he was capable of murder.She had not thought that she was capable of falling in love again.
similar words:
open, receptive, subject, susceptible
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adverb + (adj.)capable equally, fully, highly, less, mentally, perfectly, physically, potentially, quite, technically, uniquely
(adj.)capable + adverb independently
(adj.)capable + noun cruelty, feat, handling, murder, ton, warhead
derivation: capably (adv.)
Word Parts  About this feature
The word capable contains the following parts:
-able, -ible, -ble Latin adjective-forming suffix that means capable of being, doing, or undergoing
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The suffix -able , and its variants, is attached to Latin verb roots or English transitive verbs to form adjectives. (In a small set of cases, -able is attached to a noun, e.g. knowledgeable and marriageable.) For spelling purposes, it is useful to know that -able is more likely to be added to a whole English word (comparable , adorable ), while -ible is more likely to follow a bound root (visible , legible ). However,there are still many words which combine a root with -able (capable , inevitable ). The suffix -ity can be added to any adjective ending in -able , -ible , -ble to produce a corresponding noun ending in -ability, -ibility, -bility (possible + -ity > possibility; irrevocable + -ity > irrevocability.)
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acceptable, accessible, admissible, adorable, amiable, amicable, audible, avoidable, believable, bearable, biodegradable, capable, calculable, cognizable, comparable, compatible, comprehensible, conformable, conversable, convertible, corrigible, credible, creditable, curable, dependable, despicable, disagreeable, disposable, divisible, eligible, explicable, flammable, flexible, illegible, illimitable, imaginable, immiscible, immovable, immutable, impalpable, impassable, impeccable, impermeable, impermissible, imperturbable, implacable, implausible, imponderable, impossible, impregnable, inalienable, inaudible, incapable, incalculable, incommunicable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, detectable, conceivable, incorrigible, incredible, incurable, indefeasible, indelible, indescribable, indestructible, indivisible, indomitable, ineligible, ineluctable, ineradicable, inescapable, inevitable, inexorable, inexpiable, inexplicable, infallible, inhospitable, inimitable, inscrutable, inseparable, insuperable, intangible, interminable, intractable, invaluable, invariable, invincible, invisible, irrefragable, irrefutable, irremissible, irreparable, irreversible, irrevocable, legible, likable, lovable, manageable, measurable, movable, navigable, notable, opposable, palpable, perishable, permissible, placable, portable, possible, potable, predictable, preferable, prescriptible, recognizable, remissible, reprehensible, reversible, risible, semipermeable, sensible, superable, susceptible, tangible, tenable, tolerable, tractable, transmissible, unsupportable, usable, viable, visible, washable, affordable, allowable, reliable, remarkable, approachable, disputable, drinkable, durable, eatable, renewable, sustainable, unshakable