Adjective "Able" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having the power, skill, means, or opportunity to do something.
  1. 'they would never be able to afford such a big house'
  2. 'It is one thing to be granted powers, it is another to be able to use them effectively.'
  3. 'I saw this movie on t.v. years and years ago and have yet to be able to find it in a video store.'
  4. 'When you add in council tax and other bills we know we wouldn't be able to afford that.'
  5. 'He may not have been able to afford the art at the galleries but he met the people who could.'
  6. 'Mark has just started to be able to take a few steps but will never have full mobility again.'
  7. 'They will be able to travel on one of the club's two yachts and its fleet of private jets.'
  8. 'The morning journey was relaxing and I was able to read a lot that will help me at work.'
  9. 'They are allowed one magazine and they might be able to earn the right to have a book.'
  10. 'It is not known if any of the riders will be able to compete at the top level again.'
  11. 'They do not trust the sites as genuine and do not like not being able to see what they are buying.'
Having considerable skill, proficiency, or intelligence.
  1. 'This Club has lost one of its ablest, best-liked, and most beloved members.'
  2. 'Abler students would do well to supplement Post's book with Bell's ‘Elizabethan Women and Poetry of Courtship’.'
  3. 'The country needs more able, less ideologically warped people in charge.'
  4. 'Even as she got older and became physically less able, she was still as sharp as a button.'
  5. 'I think she's the ablest person I ever worked with in public life.'


1. having necessary power, skill, resources, or qualifications; qualified: able to lift a two-hundred-pound weight; able to write music; able to travel widely; able to vote.

2. having unusual or superior intelligence, skill, etc.: an able leader.

3. showing talent, skill, or knowledge: an able speech.

4. legally empowered, qualified, or authorized. noun

5. (usually initial capital letter) a code word formerly used in communications to represent the let

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be able to says."

"people can be able to backs."

"people can be able to people."

"people can be able to erms."

"towns can be able among people."

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Late Middle English (also in the sense ‘easy to use, suitable’): from Old French hable, from Latin habilis ‘handy’, from habere ‘to hold’.