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