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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Able \A"ble\, v. t. [See {Able}, a.] [Obs.]
     1. To make able; to enable; to strengthen. --Chaucer.
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     2. To vouch for. "I 'll able them." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  -able \-a*ble\ (-[.a]*b'l). [F. -able, L. -abilis.]
     An adjective suffix now usually in a passive sense; able to
     be; fit to be; expressing capacity or worthiness in a passive
     sense; as, movable, able to be moved; amendable, able to be
     amended; blamable, fit to be blamed; salable.
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     Note: The form {-ible} is used in the same sense.
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     Note: It is difficult to say when we are not to use -able
           instead of -ible. "Yet a rule may be laid down as to
           when we are to use it. To all verbs, then, from the
           Anglo-Saxon, to all based on the uncorrupted
           infinitival stems of Latin verbs of the first
           conjugation, and to all substantives, whencesoever
           sprung, we annex -able only." --Fitzed. Hall.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Able \A"ble\, a. [comp. {Abler}; superl. {Ablest}.] [OF. habile,
     L. habilis that may be easily held or managed, apt, skillful,
     fr. habere to have, hold. Cf. {Habile} and see {Habit}.]
     1. Fit; adapted; suitable. [Obs.]
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              A many man, to ben an abbot able.     --Chaucer.
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     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.
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     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
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              No man wrote abler state papers.      --Macaulay.
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     4. (Law) Legally qualified; possessed of legal competence;
        as, able to inherit or devise property.
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     {Able for}, is Scotticism.
              "Hardly able for such a march." --Robertson.
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     Syn: Competent; qualified; fitted; efficient; effective;
          capable; skillful; clever; vigorous; powerful.
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From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       adj 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"; "able to get a grant
              for the project" [ant: {unable}]
       2: have the skills and qualifications to do things well; "able
          teachers"; "a capable administrator"; "children as young
          as 14 can be extremely capable and dependable" [syn: {capable}]
       3: having inherent physical or mental ability or capacity;
          "able to learn"; "human beings are able to walk on two
          feet"; "Superman is able to leap tall buildings"
       4: having a strong healthy body; "an able seaman"; "every
          able-bodied young man served in the army" [syn: {able-bodied}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  77 Moby Thesaurus words for "able":
     adapted, adequate, adjusted, alert, au fait, brainy, brilliant,
     capable, checked out, clever, competent, effective, effectual,
     efficacious, efficient, enigmatic, enterprising, equal to, expert,
     fit, fitted, fitted for, go-ahead, good, incalculable,
     incognizable, intelligent, journeyman, keen, mysterious,
     productive, proficient, proper, puzzling, qualified, sealed, sharp,
     skilled, skillful, smart, strange, suited, unapparent,
     unapprehended, unascertained, unbeknown, uncharted, unclassified,
     undisclosed, undiscoverable, undiscovered, undivulged, unexplained,
     unexplored, unexposed, unfamiliar, unfathomed, unheard, unheard-of,
     unidentified, uninvestigated, unknowable, unknown, unperceived,
     unplumbed, unrevealed, unsuspected, untouched, up to, up to snuff,
     up-and-coming, virgin, well-fitted, well-qualified, well-suited,
     wicked, worthy

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (27 SEP 03) [foldoc]:

           A simple language for accountants.
          ["ABLE, The Accounting Language, Programming and Reference
          Manual," Evansville Data Proc Center, Evansville, IN, Mar
          [Listed in SIGPLAN Notices 13(11):56 (Nov 1978)].

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