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Abler \A"bler\, a., comp. of Able. -- A"blest, a., superl. of Able.


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.]

    A many man, to ben an abbot able.

  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.

  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.

    No man wrote abler state papers.

  4. (Law) Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property.


    Able for, is Scotticism.

    ``Hardly able for such a march.''

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


a. (en-comparative of: able)

Usage examples of "abler".

The humiliating surrender of General Stoneman at Macon in July, showed them what our, folks were thinking of, and awakened their minds to the disastrous consequences of such a movement when executed by a bolder and abler commander.

It requires an abler pen than mine to trace the connection which I am persuaded exists between these deficiencies and the minds and manners of the people.

They blushed so sweetly, and looked so beautifully puzzled and confounded, that it might have been difficult for an abler judge than I was to decide how far they merited the diploma they received.

I am ill at describing buildings, but the beauty and majesty of the American capitol might defy an abler pen than mine to do it justice.

He was elected Vice-president in 1876, and the duties of that office have rarely been discharged by an abler or more courteous officer.

This country has known few abler or more eminent men than DeWitt Clinton.

Possibly, with the exception of the historic debates two years earlier, between Lincoln and Douglas, the country has known no abler discussion of great questions.

Since then I have listened to advocates of national renown in our great court and in the Senate sitting as a High Court of Impeachment, but at no time or place have I heard an abler, more scholarly, or more eloquent argument than that of Judge Arrington in the old court-room at Ottawa, Illinois, on that day long gone by.

Fifer--than whom the country has had no braver soldier and the State no abler Chief Executive.

Arisians, as you know, have been aiding Nature in the development of minds much abler than our own.

Never in the course of the war did I face an abler opponent, nor one who put more of his men into the battle.

If you will do this, and wriggle out of that wretched relic, with that not less wretched picture--if you will make me out to be much better and abler than I was, or ever shall be, Sunchildism may serve your turn for many a long year to come.

I have succeeded in calling the attention of abler writers to Varallo, and if these find the present work of any, however small, assistance to them, I shall hold that I have been justified in publishing it.

He now shall know I can produce a man, 150 Of female seed, far abler to resist All his solicitations, and at length All his vast force, and drive him back to Hell-- Winning by conquest what the first man lost By fallacy surprised.

Such a work is now attempted--would it were by another and abler hand-- which, imperfect as it is, may at least offer some useful suggestions, give a right direction to political thought, although it should fail to satisfy the mind of the reader.