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.

Definitions of capable
  1. adjective
    (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
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    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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  2. adjective
    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
  3. adjective
    having the requisite qualities for
    synonyms: adequate to, equal to, up to
    adequate, equal
    having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task
  4. adjective
    (followed by `of') having the temperament or inclination for
    “no one believed her capable of murder”
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    Antonyms:
    incapable
    (followed by `of') not having the temperament or inclination for
  5. adjective
    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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