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Variant of -able.


suffix forming adjectives
a variant of -able
-ibly suffix forming adverbs
-ibility suffix forming nouns


(ˈeɪ bəl)

adj. a•bler, a•blest.
1. having the necessary power, skill, resources, or qualifications to do something: able to read music; not able to vote.
2. having or showing unusual talent, intelligence, skill, or knowledge: an able leader.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French < Latin habilis easy to handle, adaptable =hab(ēre) to have, hold + -ilis -ile1]


a suffix meaning “capable of, susceptible of, fit for, tending to, given to,” associated in meaning with the word able, occurring in loanwords from Latin (laudable); used in English to form adjectives from stems of any origin (teachable; photographable).
Compare -ble, -ible.
[Middle English < Old French < Latin -ābilis]
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