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One of the ablest men, Mr. Toad, after all, that this country ever produced.

Very many of the ablest and noblest statesmen of the time shared it with him.

He is their ablest general, and very active and enterprising.

It was shared and advocated by many of the best and ablest men.

The ablest critics and musicians in Europe have taken part in it.

Hundreds of the ablest judges were selected for the extirpation of this crime.

He is the ablest of all statisticians, second only to one other.

For what better test of truth have we than the ablest men's acceptance of it?

Epictetus, one of the ablest of the Stoic philosophers, was a slave.

Hirsch Bensef was one of the ablest supporters of the young Rabbi.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old French (h)able (14c.), from Latin habilem, habilis "easily handled, apt," verbal adjective from habere "to hold" (see habit). "Easy to be held," hence "fit for a purpose." The silent h- was dropped in English and resisted academic attempts to restore it 16c.-17c., but some derivatives acquired it (e.g. habiliment, habilitate), via French.

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