a·ble [ey-buh l]
adjective, abler, ablest.

1. having necessary power, skill, resources, or qualifications; qualified:

He is able to work in the warehouse; she is able to sing.

2. having unusual or superior intelligence, skill, etc.:

An able leader.

3. showing talent, skill, or knowledge:

An able job.

4. legally empowered, qualified, or authorized.

The officer was able to conduct a search.


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


1275-1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin habilis handy, equivalent to hab (ēre) to have, hold + -ilis -ile