able etymology

English word able comes from Proto-Indo-European *gʰh₁bʰ-

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Detailed word origin of able

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*gʰh₁bʰ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
habuistis Latin (lat)
habilis Latin (lat) Apt, skillful. Manageable. Nimble, swift. Suitable, fit, proper.
abile Old French (fro)
able Old Northern French (fro-nor)
able English (eng) (legal) Legally qualified or competent. [First attested in the early 18th century.]. (nautical) Capable of performing all the requisite duties; as an able seaman. [First attested in the late 18th century.]. (obsolete) Rich; well-to-do. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the late 19th century.]. (obsolete, dialectal) Having the physical strength; robust; healthy. [First attested from [...]

Words with the same origin as able

Descendants of *gʰh₁bʰ-
ability accountable available capable debt disability disable disabled doubt due duty enable enjoyable exhibit exhibition fashionable habit habitat incapable mental mentality predictable remarkable valuable