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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  
   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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  ( 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   (=can)  
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   (=can)  
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) 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  
  (Antonym: disabled)   
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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able to be seen
[US] Ex.: the car in front of us was visible because we had the lights on
not able to be mixed or combined
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
a person paid by the state to work in the interests of the nation who considers it to be a ‘right’ to be able abuse his or her authority to ensure personal gain for himself or herself at the expense of the nation…
neologism ... created on some blog
a very creative person; someone who is always able to come up with fresh ideas
worry about something; be concerned about smth. (to the point of not being able to fall asleep)
1. [Comp.] a device that once plugged in is automatically recognized by the system and launches the expected process without any action on the user's side; 2. [Bus.] a new employee who is able to start work without too much induction and training
[Comp.];[Bus.] can be used as both noun and adjective: plug and play device; plug and play employee or simply plug and play (noun)
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