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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective A"ble
Senses
  1. Fit; adapted; suitable.(Obs)"A many man, to ben an abbot able." [Chaucer.]
  2. 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.
  3. 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.]
  4. [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

verb A"ble
Senses
  1. To make able; to enable; to strengthen.
  2. To vouch for."I 'll ablethem." [Shak.]

Etymology: See Able (a.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (usually followed by `to') having the necessary means or skill or know-how or authority to do something ("able to swim", "she was able to program her computer", "we were at last able to buy a car", and "able to get a grant for the project")
  2. Having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity ("able to learn", "human beings are able to walk on two feet", and "Superman is able to leap tall buildings")
  3. Have the skills and qualifications to do things well ("able teachers", "a capable administrator", and "children as young as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable")
  4. Having a strong healthy body ("an able seaman" and "every able-bodied young man served in the army")
Wiktionary

From Middle English, from Old Northern French able, variant of Old French abile, habile, from Latin habilis (“easily managed, held, or handled; apt; skillful”), from habeō (“have, hold”).

From Middle English ablen, from Middle English able (adjective).

    able was also found in the following language(s): French and Old French

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    Able was born on April 21st, 1988 in Plymouth.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Able

    Whitney Able is an actress and model. She was most active from 2005 to present. Whitney was given the name Whitney Nees Able on February 6th, 1982 in Houston, Texas, U.S.

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    Timothy Able is a police officer, detective constable, and constable.

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    George was born on July 28th, 1947.

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    Forest Able is a basketball player for the Syracuse Nationals. He was most prominent from 1956 to 1957. Forest was born on July 27th, 1932.

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    Franck Odje Able is an athlete for the Tvøroyrar Bóltfelag.

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    How popular is the baby name Able in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
    1912 5 0 5
    1917 8 0 8
    1918 12 0 12
    1919 5 0 5
    1920 12 0 12
    1921 5 0 5
    1922 6 0 6
    1923 6 0 6
    1927 8 0 8
    1930 8 0 8
    1932 6 0 6
    1938 5 0 5
    1942 6 0 6
    1943 6 0 6
    1949 8 0 8
    1951 9 0 9
    1952 8 0 8
    1955 6 0 6
    1956 6 0 6
    1957 5 0 5
    1958 7 0 7
    1959 8 0 8
    1960 9 0 9
    1961 8 0 8
    1962 5 0 5
    1964 6 0 6
    1967 8 0 8
    1969 6 0 6
    1971 9 0 9
    1972 11 0 11
    1973 6 0 6
    1974 10 0 10
    1975 13 0 13
    1976 7 0 7
    1978 6 0 6
    1979 11 0 11
    1980 13 0 13
    1981 14 0 14
    1982 10 0 10
    1983 11 0 11
    1984 8 0 8
    1986 6 0 6
    1987 10 0 10
    1988 8 0 8
    1989 15 0 15
    1990 8 0 8
    1991 11 0 11
    1992 8 0 8
    1994 10 0 10
    1995 10 0 10
    1996 8 0 8
    1997 17 0 17
    1998 12 0 12
    1999 15 0 15
    2000 16 0 16
    2001 11 0 11
    2002 9 0 9
    2003 12 0 12
    2004 14 0 14
    2005 14 0 14
    2006 14 0 14
    2007 26 0 26
    2008 19 0 19
    2009 24 0 24
    2010 22 0 22
    2011 33 0 33
    2012 33 0 33
    2013 40 0 40
    2014 45 0 45
    2015 40 0 40
    2016 39 0 39
    2017 34 0 34

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    Popularity of Able as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Able U.S.
      White 70.83% 64.26%
      African American 22.18% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.20% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.58% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.82% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.39% 16.26%

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    People with the last name Able are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Able

    • How Popular is the name Able? Able is the 11,214th most popular name of all time. As a last name Able was the 12,766th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Able have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 909 babies born with the first name Able in the United States. That's more than enough people named Able to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Able? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1912 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Able first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Able is Tuesday, February 16th, 1875.
    • What year had the most people named Able born? The highest recorded use of the first name Able was in 2014 with a total of 45 babies.
    • Random Able Factoid: According to the 2007 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Able is not a popular baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 2007.
    • Weird things about the name Able: Your name in reverse order is Elba. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Eabl. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Able? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,417 people with the last name Able.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Able? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Able as their last name since less than 1 person in 122k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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