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a·ble

 (ā′bəl)
adj. a·bler, a·blest
1. Having sufficient power or resources to accomplish something: a singer able to reach high notes; a detergent able to remove stains.
2. Usage Problem Susceptible to action or treatment: The brakes were able to be fixed.
3. Especially capable or proficient: The new programmers proved to be very able.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin habilis, from habēre, to handle; see ghabh- in Indo-European roots.]

a′bly (ā′blē) adv.
Usage Note: The construction able to takes an infinitive to show the subject's ability to accomplish something: We were able to finish the project thanks to a grant from a large corporation. The new submarine is able to dive twice as fast as the older model. Subjects to which people don't ascribe active roles tend to sound awkward in this construction, especially in passive constructions involving forms of the verb be, as in The problem was able to be solved by using this new method. Here, the use of the passive underscores the subject's not taking an active role, while the use of able suggests the opposite, creating a conflict. In our 2005 survey, only 24 percent of the Usage Panel accepted able in a sentence like this, though 54 percent accepted the use of capable instead (the problem was capable of being solved), suggesting that capable is less jarring. It may be easier just to substitute can or could, which are standard: The problem could be solved by using this new method.

ably

(ˈeɪblɪ)
adv
in a competent or skilful manner

a•bly

(ˈeɪ bli)

adv.
in an able manner; competently.
[1350–1400]

-ably

a suffix combining -able and -ly that forms adverbs corresponding to adjectives ending in -able: commendably. Compare -ibly.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.ably - with competence; in a competent capable manner; "they worked competently"
Translations
بِمَقْدِرَة، بِبَرَاعَة
dovedněobratně
dygtigtkompetent
hyvinpontevastitaitavasti
rátermetten
af færni, kunnáttusamlega
beceri ilehünerle

ably

[ˈeɪblɪ] ADVhábilmente, con mucha habilidad
ably assisted byhábilmente ayudado por, con la experta colaboración de

ably

[ˈeɪbli] adv (= competently) → avec compétence

ably

advgekonnt, fähig

ably

[ˈeɪblɪ] advabilmente

able

(ˈeibl) adjective
1. having enough strength, knowledge etc to do something. He was able to open the door; He will come if he is able.
2. clever and skilful; capable. a very able nurse.
3. legally competent. able to vote.
ˈably adverb
References in classic literature ?
He could have enjoyed portraying to uninitiated listeners various scenes at which he had been a witness or ably discussing the pro- cesses of war with other proved men.
Every moment was drive, drive, drive, and Joe was the masterful shepherd of moments, herding them carefully, never losing one, counting them over like a miser counting gold, working on in a frenzy, toil-mad, a feverish machine, aided ably by that other machine that thought of itself as once having been one Martin Eden, a man.
Astor, the founder of the association, had retired from busy life, and the concerns of the company were ably managed by Mr.
You have too ably arranged my destiny to allow gratitude not to stop me at the moment when I was about to destroy your work.
The various departments are ably edited, and we feel that we have reason to be proud of Our Magazine.
To deaden the shock, it was a pity that Barbicane was no longer able to employ the means which had so ably weakened the shock at departure, that is to say, by water used as springs and the partition breaks.
The Naturalist Tavern" was not a meaningless name; for all the halls and all the rooms were lined with large glass cases which were filled with all sorts of birds and animals, glass-eyed, ably stuffed, and set up in the most natural eloquent and dramatic attitudes.
It is certainly a very remarkable fact, that one of the most efficient advocates of the slave population, now before the public, is a fugitive slave, in the person of FREDERICK DOUGLASS; and that the free colored population of the United States are as ably represented by one of their own number, in the per- son of CHARLES LENOX REMOND, whose eloquent appeals have extorted the highest applause of multi- tudes on both sides of the Atlantic.
Although he felt himself ably supported, the young man was not without a little uneasiness as he ascended the great staircase, step by step.
This is not the place to discuss in detail the theological position very ably and seriously argued by Mrs.
Paul ably handled the house, there was one thing Saxon insisted on doing--namely, washing her own pretty flimsies.
He however, occasionally renewed his elementary studies, and, with the observation of a shrewd mind, was comfort ably applying his practice to his theory.