Able

  • 1 -able — ♦ Élément, du lat. abilis, signifiant « qui peut être » (récupérable, ministrable) ou moins souvent « qui donne », « enclin à » (secourable, pitoyable). able Suffixe, du lat. abilis, qui peut être (ex. faisable, mangeable) ou enclin à être ( …

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  • 2 Able — may refer to:In science and technology: * ABLE (nuclear weapon), a U.S. 1946 nuclear weapon test series * ABLE (programming language), a simplified programming language * Able space probes, probes in the Pioneer program * Able, one of the first… …

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  • 3 -able — able, ible 1. general. These two suffixes are derived from Latin endings abilis and ibilis, either directly or through Old French. Of the two, able is an active suffix that can be freely added to the stems of transitive verbs, whereas the set of… …

    Modern English usage

  • 4 Able — A ble, a. [comp. {Abler}; superl. {Ablest}.] [OF. habile, L. habilis that may be easily held or managed, apt, skillful, fr. habere to have, hold. Cf. {Habile} and see {Habit}.] 1. Fit; adapted; suitable. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] A many man, to ben… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 able — ● able nom masculin (latin albulus, blanchâtre) Poisson d eau douce (cyprinidé), voisin de l ablette. ⇒ABLE, subst. masc. A. ICHTYOL. Terme générique désignant une variété de poissons d eau douce (cyprinidés) et de couleur claire. B. Poisson… …

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  • 6 able to — The construction to be able to (do something), with an active to infinitive, is a natural part of the language, extending to inanimate as well as animate subjects • (By his proceeding to the beach…the next phase of the attack was able to proceed… …

    Modern English usage

  • 7 -able — a*ble ( [.a]*b l). [F. able, L. abilis.] An adjective suffix now usually in a passive sense; able to be; fit to be; expressing capacity or worthiness in a passive sense; as, movable, able to be moved; amendable, able to be amended; blamable, fit… …

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  • 8 able — adj 1: possessed of needed powers or of needed resources to accomplish an objective able to perform under the contract 2: having freedom from restriction or obligation or from conditions preventing an action able to vote 3: legally qualified:… …

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  • 9 able — able, capable, competent, qualified are close synonyms when they denote having marked power or fitness for work and are used attributively. Placed after the noun, able (followed by to and infinitive) and capable (followed by of) suggest mere… …

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  • 10 able — [ā′bəl] adj. abler [ā′blər] ablest [ā′bləst] [ME < OFr hable, habile < L habilis, easily handled, apt < habere, to have, hold: see HABIT] 1. having enough power, skill, etc. to do something [able to read] 2. having much power of mind;… …

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  • 11 Able — de Heckel Able de Heckel …

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  • 12 Able — A ble, v. t. [See {Able}, a.] [Obs.] 1. To make able; to enable; to strengthen. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2. To vouch for. I ll able them. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 13 -able — suffix expressing ability, capacity, fitness, from French, from L. ibilis, abilis, forming adjectives from verbs, from PIE * tro , a suffix used to form nouns of instrument. In Latin, infinitives in are took abilis, others ibilis; in English,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 14 able — (adj.) early 14c., from O.Fr. (h)able (14c.), from L. habilem, habilis easily handled, apt, verbal adjective from habere to hold (see HABIT (Cf. habit)). Easy to be held, hence fit for a purpose. The silent h was dropped in English and resisted… …

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  • 15 able — [adj1] capable of performing; having an innate capacity adept, adequate, adroit, agile, alert, apt, bright, capable, competent, cunning, deft, dexterous, easy, effortless, endowed, equipped, facile, fitted, good, intelligent, knowing, powerful,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 16 able — Able, ou Ablette, f. penac. Poisson ainsi nommé, Alburnus, Semble que le nom tant François que Latin, vienne de ce mot, Albus, qui signifie Blanc: comme si nous disions par transposition de lettres Able pour Albe. Telle transposition de lettres… …

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  • 17 -able — ► SUFFIX forming adjectives meaning: 1) able to be: calculable. 2) subject to; relevant to: taxable. 3) having the quality to: suitable. DERIVATIVES ability suffix ably suffix …

    English terms dictionary

  • 18 -able — [əbəl] suffix also ible [in adjectives] [: Old French; Origin: Latin abilis, from bilis capable or worthy of ] 1.) that you can do something to ▪ washable (=it can be washed) ▪ unbreakable (=it cannot be broken) ▪ loveable (=easy to love) 2.)… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 -able — [ əbl ] suffix 1. ) used with many verbs to make adjectives describing something that can be done: enjoyable (=that people can enjoy) breakable (=that is easy to break) 2. ) used with some nouns to make adjectives describing a quality something… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 -able — sufijo 1. ble …

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