Deserving vs Capable - What's the difference?

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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

is .

deserving

English

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • worthy of reward or praise; meritorious
  • the deserving poor
  • meriting, worthy (reward, punishment etc.)
  • Antonyms

    * undeserving

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • desert, merit
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • A person of great deservings from the republic.

    Verb

    (head)
  • capable

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • 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.
    That fact is not capable of proof.
  • (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):
  • He has begun a road capable of a wheel-carriage.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Antonyms

    * incapable

    Derived terms

    * capability noun

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