Synonyms for able

Grammar : Adj
Spell : ey-buhl
Phonetic Transcription : ˈeɪ bəl

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Définition of able

Origin :
  • early 14c., from Old French (h)able (14c.), from Latin habilem, habilis "easily handled, apt," verbal adjective from habere "to hold" (see habit). "Easy to be held," hence "fit for a purpose." The silent h- was dropped in English and resisted academic attempts to restore it 16c.-17c., but some derivatives acquired it (e.g. habiliment, habilitate), via French.
  • Able-whackets - A popular sea-game with cards, in which the loser is beaten over the palms of the hands with a handkerchief tightly twisted like a rope. Very popular with horny-fisted sailors. [Smyth, "Sailor's Word-Book," 1867]
  • adj capable of performing; having an innate capacity
  • adj able to perform well; having a proven capacity

Antonyms for able

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