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cap·a·ble

capable

 
 
pronunciation:
keI p bl
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: having the skill or power to do what is needed.
I know a capable mechanic who can fix your car.
synonyms:
able, competent, qualified
antonyms:
incapable, incompetent
similar words:
adept, apt, clever, effective, ingenious, knowledgeable, on the ball, skillful, smart
definition 2: able to; ready for (usually followed by "of").
I am capable of staying up all night.
 
synonyms:
able
antonyms:
incapable
derivation: capably (adv.)
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The word capable contains the following parts:
cap1, cip, capt, cept, -ceive, -ceit Latin root that means to take, catch
-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.)