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Capable, I) absol. 1) capacious: “a c. and wide revenge,” Oth. III, 3, 459.
2) impressible, receptive: “lean but upon a rush, the cicatrice and c. impressure thy palm some moment keeps,” As III, 5, 23. “his form and cause conjoined, preaching to stones, would make them c.” Hml. III, 4, 127.
3) able, well gifted: “if their daughters be c., I will put it to them,” LLL IV, 2, 82 (a quibble). “bold, quick, ingenious, forward, c.” R3 III, 1, 155. “his horse is the more c. creature,” Troil. III, 3, 310.
II) followed by of, 1) susceptible: “which any print of goodness wilt not take, being c. of all ill,” Tp. I, 2, 353. “heart too c. of every line and trick of his sweet favour,” All's I, 1, 106. “so thou wilt be c. of a courtier's counsel,” All's I, 1, 106 “if thou beest c. of things serious,” Wint. IV, 4, 791. “urge them while their souls are c. of this ambition,” John II, 476. “I am sick and c. of fears,” III, 1, 12. “his flesh was c. of wounds and scars,” H4B I, 1, 172. “c. of our flesh,” H8 V, 3, 11 (subject to the temptations of our fleshly nature). “c. of nothing but inexplicable dumb-shows and noise,” Hml. III, 2, 13.
2) able, qualified to have or possess: “and of my land . . . I'll work the means to make thee c.” Lr. II, 1, 87.
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