2. Having more power or skill than usual; skillful: "She was an able teacher for more than 40 years."
"He turned out to be an able editor of the newspaper while his wife turned out to be one of the most able lawyers in her firm."3. Expertly done; effective: "He presented an able speech even though he had just a few minutes to prepare for it."
4. Etymology: from Old French (h)able, from Latin habilis, "easily handled, apt", from habere, "to hold". "Easy to be held"; hence, "fit for a purpose".
The silent h- was dropped in English and resisted academic attempts to restore it in the 16th and 17th centuries, but some derivatives acquired the "h"; such as, with "habiliment" and "habilitate".
Laureen Logan is one of the ablest lawyers who is qualified to defend Harley in the misdemeanor trial.2. Descriptive of a physical or mental condition: The starving man was barely able to walk.
3. Having the necessary means to do something: Because of the bankrupt situation in Reginald's country, he didn't know how he would be able to survive during his retirement.