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"I started the girlies off to eight o'clock service," she said capably.

She was serving the judicial party herself, and capably, too.

"No, I'm only going over to Kepplers," replied Betty capably.

If he so does, capably and without delay, thou shalt possess the jewels.

Dr. Mangan drove home as swiftly and capably as was his wont.

Untiring in his efforts to defend the fortress, Velasco resolutely and capably endeavored to foil the enemy's designs.

After a silent examination he opened his worn and faded saddle-bags and proceeded taciturnly but capably with his work.

As one occupying a unique position, he realized that he had a reputation to sustain, and capably he sustained it.

They had then capably taken up the pleasant task of electing their officers and performed it with business-like snap.

This position of trust and responsibility has been capably filled for nearly ten years by Sister Mary Alphonsus.

WORD ORIGIN

1560s, from Middle French capable or directly from Late Latin capabilis "receptive; able to grasp or hold," used by theologians, from Latin capax "able to hold much, broad, wide, roomy;" also "receptive, fit for;" adjectival form of capere "to grasp, lay hold, take, catch; undertake; take in, hold; be large enough for; comprehend," from PIE *kap- "to grasp" (cf. Sanskrit kapati "two handfuls;" Greek kaptein "to swallow, gulp down;" Lettish kampiu "seize;" Old Irish cacht "servant-girl," literally "captive;" Welsh caeth "captive, slave;" Gothic haban "have, hold;" Old English hæft "handle," habban "to have, hold," Modern English have). Related: Capably.

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