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capable intelligent, able to understand, quick of apprehension: “if their daughters be capable” LOVE'S LABOUR'S LOST, iv. 2. 75 (with a quibble) ; “capable of things serious,” THE WINTER'S TALE, iv. 4. 753 ; “ingenious, forward, capable,” RICHARD III., iii. 1. 155 ; “the more capable creature,” TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, iii. 3. 302 ; “are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb-shows,” HAMLET, iii. 2. 11 ; ( “have a capacity for nothing,” MALONE) “preaching to stones, Would make them capable,” HAMLET, iii. 4. 127.

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