As adjectives the difference between deserving and capable
is that deserving
is worthy of reward or praise; meritorious while capable
is able and efficient; having the ability needed for a specific task; having the disposition to do something; permitting or being susceptible to something.
As a noun deserving
is desert, merit.
As a verb deserving
worthy of reward or praise; meritorious
meriting, worthy (reward, punishment etc.)
- the deserving poor
* Jonathan Swift
- A person of great deservings from the republic.
Able and efficient; having the ability needed for a specific task; having the disposition to do something; permitting or being susceptible to something.
- She is capable and efficient.
- He does not need help; he is capable of eating on his own.
- As everyone knew, he was capable of violence when roused.
(obsolete) Of sufficient capacity or size for holding, containing, receiving or taking in. Construed with of'', ''for or an infinitive.
* 1775 Samuel Johnson, A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland'' (''Works 10.479):
- That fact is not capable of proof.
- He has begun a road capable of a wheel-carriage.
* See also
* capability noun