- Fit; adapted; suitable.(Obs)"A many man, to ben an abbot able." [Chaucer.]
- Having sufficient power, strength, force, skill, means, or resources of any kind to accomplish the object; possessed of qualifications rendering competent for some end; competent; qualified; capable; as, an able workman, soldier, seaman, a man able to work; a mind able to reason; a person able to be generous; able to endure pain; able to play on a piano.
- Specially: Having intellectual qualifications, or strong mental powers; showing ability or skill; talented; clever; powerful; as, the ablest man in the senate; an able speech. "No man wrote abler state papers." [Macaulay.]
- [Law] Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence; as, able to inherit or devise property.synonyms: Competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective; capable; skillful; clever; vigorous; powerful.
Note: Able for , is Scotticism. "“Hardly able for such a march.”" Robertson.
Etymology: OF. habile, L. habilis that may be easily held or managed, apt, skillful, fr. habere to have, hold. Cf. Habile and see Habit