Webster 1913 Edition
Fit; adapted; suitable.
A many man, to ben an abbot
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;
ableworkman, soldier, seaman, a man
ableto work; a mind
ableto reason; a person
ableto be generous;
ableto endure pain;
ableto play on a piano.
Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful;
ablestman in the senate; an
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Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence;
ableto inherit or devise property
Able for, is Scotticism.
able forsuch a march.”
Syn. – Competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; capable; skillful; clever; vigorous; powerful.
To make able; to enable; to strengthen.
To vouch for.“I ’ll able them.”
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Having physical power sufficient; having competent power or strength, bodily or mental; as a man able to perform military service - a child is not able to reason on abstract subjects.
2.Having strong or unusual powers of mind, or intellectual qualifications; as an able minister.
Provide out of all Israel able men. Ex. 18.
3.Having large or competent property; or simply have property, or means.
Every man shall give as he is able. Deut. 16.
4.Having competent strength or fortitude.
He is not able to sustain such pain or affliction.
5.Having sufficient knowledge or skill.
He is able to speak French.
She is not able to play on the piano.
6.Having competent moral power or qualifications.
An illegitimate son is not able to take by inheritance.