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An adjective suffix now usually in a passive sense; able to be; fit to be; legally authorized, expressing capacity or worthiness in a passive sense; as, movable, able to be moved; amendable, able to be amended; blamable, fit to be blamed; salable. The form -ible is used in the same sense. It is difficult to say when we are not to use -able instead of -ible. 'Yet a rule may be laid down as to when we are to use it. To all verbs, then, from the Anglo-Saxon, to all based on the uncorrupted infinitival stems of Latin verbs of the first conjugation, and to all substantives, whence so ever sprung, we annex -able only.' Fit; adapted; suitable.


 - 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. Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful; as, ...

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