able accomplished, adept, adequate, adroit, capable, clever, competent, effective, efficient, experienced, expert, fit, fitted, gifted, highly endowed, masterful, masterly, powerful, practised, proficient, qualified, skilful, skilled, strong, talented Antonyms amateurish, inadequate, incapable, incompetent, ineffective, inefficient, inept, mediocre, no great shakes (informal) unfit, unskilful, weak
firm, fit, hale, hardy, healthy, hearty, lusty, powerful, right as rain (Brit. informal) robust, sound, staunch, stout, strapping, strong, sturdy, vigorous
ailing, debilitated, feeble, fragile, frail, sickly, tender, weak
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able ( abler comparative ) ( ablest superlative )
1 If you are able to do something, you have skills or qualities which make it possible for you to do it.
be able to phrase
The older child should be able to prepare a simple meal..., The company say they're able to keep pricing competitive..., They seemed able to work together very efficiently.
2 If you are able to do something, you have enough freedom, power, time, or money to do it.
be able to phrase
You'll be able to read in peace..., It would be nice to be able to afford to retire earlier.
3 adj Someone who is able is very clever or very good at doing something.
(=capable) ...one of the brightest and ablest members of the government...
-able combines with verbs to form adjectives. Adjectives formed in this way describe someone or something that can have a particular thing done to them. For example, if something is avoidable, it can be avoided. suffix
These injuries were avoidable..., He was an admirable chairman.
An able-bodied person is physically strong and healthy, rather than weak or disabled. adj
The gym can be used by both able-bodied and disabled people.
The able-bodied are people who are able-bodied., n-plural the N
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