in an manner; with skill or ; competently.
a suffix combining and that forms adverbs corresponding to adjectives ending in -able: commendably; dependably; tolerably .
Contemporary Examples

All these debates and doings made for juicy news, and the men of the local staff, ably bossed by Callahan, poured it out daily.
The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire H.L. Mencken October 3, 2014

This is a real book with a real story, ably told and ably illustrated.
Exile on Sesame Street: Keith Richards Writes a Kids’ Book Malcolm Jones September 11, 2014

But he died counting Clinton a friend who had ‘served the American people most ably.’
Scaife v. Clinton and the Dangers of Demonization John Avlon July 6, 2014

A Florida native, Russell ably captures her state’s wonky blend of natural beauty and carny effects.
Great Weekend Reads The Daily Beast February 11, 2011

On April 10, Ryan ably defended himself and his application of Catholic principles in an interview with David Brody.
Paul Ryan’s Catholic Problem Deal W. Hudson August 12, 2012

Historical Examples

It was a lively air and the professor rendered it ably but quite softly.
Bunker Bean Harry Leon Wilson

Some of the people demanded what he had to say of the gods, since he had spoken so ably of men.
Philothea Lydia Maria Child

In this octavo volume, upwards of 280 pages, the whole question of the state of the Highlands is ably described.
The Remarkable History of the Hudson’s Bay Company George Bryce

The question of the Lubeck debt is ably treated by Forssell in his Sver.
The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa Paul Barron Watson

I have been ably assisted by my wife, who sees that my general directions are carried out as I have outlined.
Trees, Fruits and Flowers of Minnesota, 1916 Various

in a competent or skilful manner


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