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6 definitions found
 for Able
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Able \A"ble\, v. t. [See Able, a.] [Obs.]
     1. To make able; to enable; to strengthen. --Chaucer.
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     2. To vouch for. "I 'll able them." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  -able \-a*ble\ (-[.a]*b'l). [F. -able, L. -abilis.]
     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.
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     Note: The form -ible is used in the same sense.
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     Note: 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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Able \A"ble\, a. [comp. Abler; superl. Ablest.] [OF. habile,
     L. habilis that may be easily held or managed, apt, skillful,
     fr. habere to have, hold. Cf. Habile and see Habit.]
     1. Fit; adapted; suitable. [Obs.]
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              A many man, to ben an abbot able.     --Chaucer.
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     2. 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.
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     3. 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.
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              No man wrote abler state papers.      --Macaulay.
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     4. (Law) Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence;
        as, able to inherit or devise property.
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     Note:
  
     Able for, is Scotticism.
  
              "Hardly able for such a march." --Robertson.
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     Syn: Competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective;
          capable; skillful; clever; vigorous; powerful.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  able
      adj 1: (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or
             skill or know-how or authority to do something; "able to
             swim"; "she was able to program her computer"; "we were
             at last able to buy a car"; "able to get a grant for the
             project" [ant: unable]
      2: 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,
         capable]
      3: having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity; "able
         to learn"; "human beings are able to walk on two feet";
         "Superman is able to leap tall buildings"
      4: having a strong healthy body; "an able seaman"; "every able-
         bodied young man served in the army" [syn: able, able-
         bodied]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  77 Moby Thesaurus words for "able":
     adapted, adequate, adjusted, alert, au fait, brainy, brilliant,
     capable, checked out, clever, competent, effective, effectual,
     efficacious, efficient, enigmatic, enterprising, equal to, expert,
     fit, fitted, fitted for, go-ahead, good, incalculable,
     incognizable, intelligent, journeyman, keen, mysterious,
     productive, proficient, proper, puzzling, qualified, sealed, sharp,
     skilled, skillful, smart, strange, suited, unapparent,
     unapprehended, unascertained, unbeknown, uncharted, unclassified,
     undisclosed, undiscoverable, undiscovered, undivulged, unexplained,
     unexplored, unexposed, unfamiliar, unfathomed, unheard, unheard-of,
     unidentified, uninvestigated, unknowable, unknown, unperceived,
     unplumbed, unrevealed, unsuspected, untouched, up to, up to snuff,
     up-and-coming, virgin, well-fitted, well-qualified, well-suited,
     wicked, worthy
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  ABLE
  
      A simple language for accountants.
  
     ["ABLE, The Accounting Language, Programming and Reference
     Manual," Evansville Data Proc Center, Evansville, IN, Mar
     1975].
  
     [Listed in SIGPLAN Notices 13(11):56 (Nov 1978)].
  
     (1994-11-08)
  

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