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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
care war short #391: able five need met

From Old French habile, from Latin habilis, from habeō (have, hold).

able (comparative abler, superlative ablest)




  1. (dated) Healthy.
    After the past week of forced marches, only half the men are fully able.
  2. Permitted to; not prevented from; having the power or capacity to.
    With that obstacle removed, I am now able to proceed with my plan.
    I’m only able to visit you when I have other work here.
    I’ll see you as soon as I’m able.
  3. Skillful.
    The chairman was also an able sailor.
  4. (law) Legally qualified or competent.
    In most states, such a person is not able to inherit property.

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