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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
physically capable of doing sth
▪ Any one of them would have been physically capable of committing the crime.
well able/capable
▪ She is well able to look after herself.
▪ Although Atkinson was a modernist in principle, he was also capable of building in the true Arts and Crafts tradition.
▪ Browsers are also capable of manipulating local files.
▪ The caring and compassionate are also capable of being utterly ruthless, as Mrs Williams was sometimes claimed to be.
▪ The 12 Step treatment centres are therefore also capable of dealing with gambling problems.
▪ In addition to its authoritative role, it is also capable of nurturing and of being positive, calm, reasoning and practical.
▪ They are also capable of making high quality picture transfers because of their advanced circuitry and mechanical design.
▪ It is also capable of reading text produced on a dot matrix printer, or from the output from a fax card.
▪ But they're just as capable of losing at home.
▪ She was as capable of flying as anyone else.
▪ Before individual suppliers may submit tenders for orders from these kinds of customers, they must be accepted as capable and reliable.
▪ But she was presumably as capable of lying as Ursula.
▪ Rex is as capable of making an honest mistake as he is of lying.
▪ Older people are just as capable of providing new slants and ideas as anyone else.
▪ They may prefer to be left alone and hate having to depend on others who are less capable than themselves.
▪ To make exceptions for work-inhibited students may send a message that they are less capable than their peers.
▪ Perhaps the person experiences an overwhelming sense of injustice which renders them less capable of dealing with the problem a second time.
▪ There is no evidence agency staff are less capable than permanent staff.
▪ Even with these extras it is still less capable for spreadsheet publishing than its higher priced rivals.
▪ But they seem even less capable of moving the system to improve matters.
▪ Did it make him less sensitive, less conscientious, less capable, less caring, less able, less tough?
▪ It's not perfect, but it's easier for end-users and more capable for developers.
▪ Hundreds of people in Black &038; White were far more capable, both individually and collectively than they had been before.
▪ No one could have been more sympathetic to the detail of the poor man's need, or more capable of vicarious imagination.
▪ But Gates was technically more capable and also had proven himself as the sole leader of his company.
▪ Eva was cleverer than he was, and more capable of feeling.
▪ In essence, these programs fostered the emergence of local government professionals who were more capable of making public-private partnerships work.
▪ Just about every collective pitch helicopter available should be capable of performing this manoeuvre, but some are more capable than others.
▪ Now that you have considered these empirical studies, you should be more capable of undertaking your own study.
▪ She knew that I was perfectly capable of having the whole thing made in black leatherette if left to my own devices.
▪ They were perfectly capable of turning the same firepower on me as they used on my customers.
▪ It is perfectly capable of wiping out even the largest enemy unit.
▪ An informed public is perfectly capable of deciding whether contributions accepted by a lawmaker should disqualify him or her from office.
▪ She was perfectly capable of running her own firm - she simply made a reasoned choice not to.
▪ And Lucy was perfectly capable of saying do stay the night.
▪ He knew Ellen was with her and was perfectly capable of tracking down their whereabouts.
▪ Since they are pure-bred cells, they are perfectly capable of meiosis.
▪ She's protected Michelle's father's identity for all these years, so she's quite capable of protecting Michelle.
▪ They seem quite capable of it.
▪ Their back, Paul Hedley, is quite capable of storming through and scoring, so stay with him.
▪ Bothshe has sized them up as well-are strong and quite capable of catch ing her if she makes a run for it.
▪ In this respect, it is quite capable of spreading from one building to another through a thick party wall.
▪ And by all apparent signs, the man is still quite capable of effectively leading a team.
▪ He seemed quite capable of crushing some one weaker than himself, and mentally Merrill armoured herself to meet the challenge.
▪ If placed too close to any other sessile invertebrates they are quite capable of killing and overtaking them.
▪ I don't read reviews, but the New York Times alone is still capable of emptying or filling a theatre.
▪ I was glad to see him, to reassure myself that I was still capable of assessing strangers and appreciating travel.
▪ Now she could relax, she thought, if she was still capable of thinking.
▪ Right now Teal was understated and still capable of playing things close to the vest.
▪ Today it is probably the world's oldest locomotive still capable of steaming.
▪ Though racked with pain she was still capable of balanced judgment.
▪ Nevertheless, as long as I am in this world I remain a sinner, still capable of letting him down.
▪ But still capable of a joke.
▪ She was a tall, bespectacled spinster, who was very capable and well understood child psychology.
▪ I felt very intelligent and very capable.
▪ Whether its diagnostics or anti-virus checks there are some very capable products that run under Windows.
▪ They are very capable of doing so, believe me.
▪ By this point people are usually very capable and confident and it's unusual for them to fail.
▪ Our very capable editors will tidy it up.
▪ On that night, McKenzie outscored a very capable performer in Jesse Benavides but could never reach those standards.
▪ This is a very capable camera and includes some desirable features, like remote control and flash integration.
▪ But they weren't capable hands.
▪ I leave it all in your strong, capable hands.
▪ It was no affair of his that she had left the London studio in the capable hands of her assistant.
▪ You are in my capable hands.
▪ I am glad that the business continues to flourish in the capable hands of Rodney Shipsey - the third generation.
▪ Think penitent ... and in less capable hands, downright dull.
▪ May the Town Crier remain in the very capable hands of the college students and lecturers for a long time to come.
▪ All the staff at the nursing home seemed very capable.
▪ Mr. Young is a very capable attorney.
▪ Rebecca was, without question, the most capable technician on the team.
▪ The team desperately needs a capable quarterback.
▪ They've got a very capable lawyer working on the case.
▪ And if she is, surely she's perfectly capable of calling a doctor herself.
▪ Blackburn now look to be the only only team capable of catching scum.
▪ But it does show that intermediate designs are capable of working.
▪ He seemed to think she would be capable on a boat.
▪ Ideally, it will need to be capable of working in all these media and of being extended.
▪ If she were constitutionally capable of slumping, she would.
▪ It is this which makes the performance capable of repetition.
▪ Lord himself was a capable but not an outstanding player.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Capable \Ca"pa*ble\, a. [F. capable, LL. capabilis capacious, capable, fr. L. caper to take, contain. See Heave.]

  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.

  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.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1560s, from Middle French capable or directly from Late Latin capabilis "receptive; able to grasp or hold," used by theologians, from Latin capax "able to hold much, broad, wide, roomy;" also "receptive, fit for;" adjectival form of capere "to grasp, lay hold, take, catch; undertake; take in, hold; be large enough for; comprehend," from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (cognates: Sanskrit kapati "two handfuls;" Greek kaptein "to swallow, gulp down;" Lettish kampiu "seize;" Old Irish cacht "servant-girl," literally "captive;" Welsh caeth "captive, slave;" Gothic haban "have, hold;" Old English hæft "handle," habban "to have, hold," Modern English have). Related: Capably.


a. 1 able and efficient; having the ability needed for a specific task; having the disposition to do something; permitting or being susceptible to something. 2 (context obsolete English) Of sufficient capacity or size for holding, containing, receiving or taking in. Construed with ''of'', ''for'' or an infinitive.

  1. adj. (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, subject]

  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]

Usage examples of "capable".

Nan was younger, Aborigines were considered sub-normal and not capable of being educated the way whites were.

The experiments proving that the leaves are capable of true digestion, and that the glands absorb the digested matter, are given in detail in the sixth chapter.

Without accelerators capable of producing Planck-scale energies, we will increasingly have to rely on the cosmological accelerator of the big bang, and the relics it has left for us throughout the universe, for our experimental data.

Coherence was achieved because the men who created the system all used the same, ever-growing body of textbooks, and they were all familiar with similar routines of lectures, debates and academic exercises and shared a belief that Christianity was capable of a systematic and authoritative presentation.

In order that astral events other than those manifesting acoustically may become accessible to our consciousness, our own astral being must become capable of vibrating in tune with them, just as if we were hearing them - that is, we must be able to rouse our astral forces to an activity similar to that of hearing, yet without any physical stimulus.

Christians either desirous or capable of acquiring, to any considerable degree, the encumbrance of landed property.

No doubt the eternally self-identical may have potentiality and be self-led to self-realization, but even in this case the being considered as actualized is of higher order than the being considered as merely capable of actualization and moving towards a desired Term.

When a person is adaptable and satiable, capable of realistic planning and empathizing with his fellow beings, those problems that remain turn out to be mostly physiochemical or behavioral.

Plague can be grown easily in a wide range of temperatures and media, and we eventually developed a plague weapon capable of surviving in an aerosol while maintaining its killing capacity.

Thus it was foreshadowed that the law of the land and the due process of law clauses, which were originally inserted in our constitutions to consecrate a specific mode of trial in criminal cases, to wit, the grand jury, petit jury process of the common law, would be transformed into a general restraint upon substantive legislation capable of affecting property rights detrimentally.

DC motor aft in the engine room capable of turning the shaft to achieve 3 knots using battery power alone.

Second, he must recover the fighting qualities of an airman and therefore develop himself physically by such gymnastic exercises as a bedridden man is capable of doing.

He had to hire her on a freelance basis specifically to get the copyright clearances for the album since no one else at NEMS was capable of doing it.

I understood, would consist of engineered microbes, their genetic material spliced together from bacteria discovered inside rocks in the dry valleys of Antarctica, from anaerobes capable of surviving in the outflow pipes of nuclear reactors, from unicells recovered from the icy sludge at the bottom of the Barents Sea.

But out there, the ships were real, capable of annihilating Corrin in yet another atomic attack, once they passed the Bridge and killed all the hostages aboard.