Able

Adjective

  • (obsolete, passive) Suitable; competent. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 18th century.]
  • Free from constraints preventing completion of task; permitted to; not prevented from. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470).]

    "I’ll see you as soon as I’m able."

  • "That cliff is able to be climbed."

  • Gifted with skill, intelligence, knowledge, or competence. [First attested in the mid 16th century.]

    "The chairman was also an able sailor."

  • (obsolete, passive) Easy to use. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 18th century.]
  • Having the necessary powers or the needed resources to accomplish a task. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
  • Free from constraints preventing completion of task; permitted to; not prevented from. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470).]

    "I’m only able to visit you when I have other work here."

  • (obsolete) Rich; well-to-do. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the late 19th century.]

    "He was born to an able family."

  • (nautical) Capable of performing all the requisite duties; as an able seaman. [First attested in the late 18th century.]
  • (obsolete, dialectal, passive) Liable to. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]
  • Free from constraints preventing completion of task; permitted to; not prevented from. [First attested from around 1350 to 1470).]

    "With that obstacle removed, I am now able to proceed with my plan."

  • (obsolete, dialectal) Having the physical strength; robust; healthy. [First attested from around (1350 to 1470).]

    "After the past week of forced marches, only half the men are fully able."

  • (law) Legally qualified or competent. [First attested in the early 18th century.]

    "He is able to practice law in six states."

Noun

  • A word that is used in place of the letter "A" during communication.

Verb

  • (transitive, obsolete) To make capable; to enable. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 19th century.]
  • (transitive, obsolete) To vouch for; to guarantee. [Attested from the late 16th century until the early 17th century.]
  • (transitive, obsolete) To make ready. [Attested from around (1150 to 1350) until the late 16th century.]
  • (transitive, obsolete) To give power to; to reinforce; to confirm. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the mid 17th century.]
  • (transitive, obsolete) To dress. [Attested from around (1350 to 1470) until the late 15th century.]

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