capable

To be capable of something is to be able to do it, like your little brother who is perfectly capable of tying his own shoes, but likes having everyone else do it for him.

When people are capable, they can handle whatever task is at hand, like a capable teacher who can explain difficult concepts and make it fun. You may also have heard that someone "isn't capable" of, say, committing a crime or hurting someone's feelings. In this case, not being capable is a compliment — it means you just won't let yourself do something to violate your own standards for behavior.

Primary Meanings of capable

1.
adj
(usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability
2.
adj
possibly accepting or permitting
Full Definitions of capable
1

adj (usually followed by `of') having capacity or ability

capable of winning”
capable of hard work”
capable of walking on two feet”
Synonyms:
able
having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity
confident, sure-footed, surefooted
not liable to error in judgment or action
resourceful
having inner resources; adroit or imaginative
competent
properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient
Antonyms:
incapable
(followed by `of') lacking capacity or ability
unable
(usually followed by `to') lacking necessary physical or mental ability
incompetent
not qualified or suited for a purpose
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adj having the skills and qualifications to do things well

“a capable administrator”
“children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable”
Synonyms:
able
competent
properly or sufficiently qualified or capable or efficient

adj having the requisite qualities for

Synonyms:
adequate to, equal to, up to
adequate, equal
having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task

adj (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for

“no one believed her capable of murder”
Antonyms:
incapable
(followed by `of') not having the temperament or inclination for
2

adj possibly accepting or permitting

“a passage capable of misinterpretation”
Synonyms:
open, subject
susceptible
(often followed by `of' or `to') yielding readily to or capable of

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