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capable (1 and 2 now obs.; 3 archaic, the most freq. in S.; 4 and 5 (obs. legal) recorded first from S.)
1. able to take in much, comprehensive Oth. III. iii. 460 “a capable and wide revenge.”
2. sensible, impressible AYL. III. v. 23 “The . . . capable impressure Thy palm some moments keeps,” Ham. III. iv. 126 “Would make them” [i.e. “stones] ”
3. “capable of,” apt to be affected by or receive the impression of, open or susceptible to Tp. I. ii. 353 “Being capable of all ill,” All'sW. I. i. 107, 227, Wint. IV. iii. [iv.] 793 “capable of things serious,” John III. i. 12 “capable of fears,” 2H4 I. i. 172, H8 V. iii. 11 “capable Of our flesh” (= susceptible of being influenced by our fleshly nature), Ham. III. ii. 13.
4. having intelligence or ability, gifted R3 III. i. 155 “ingenious, forward, capable,” Troil. III. iii. 313 “his horse . . . the more capable creature.”
5. “capable of,” qualified to hold or possess Lr. II. i. 87.
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