What does the word ably mean?

Usage examples for ably

  1. Sound criticism was, it is true, beginning to rear its head; but its progress was slow: men were, in general, more anxious to write ably than to write what was true. – A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 5 (of 10) From "The Works of Voltaire - A Contemporary Version" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire) Commentator: John Morley Tobias Smollett H.G. Leigh
  2. The prosecution, on the other hand, had been most ably conducted. – From Whose Bourne by Robert Barr
  3. The grounds on which the Governors have adopted the affirmative of the proposition, and appointed a Divinity Professor of the Church of England, are ably stated in their letter to me. – McGill and its Story, 1821-1921 by Cyrus Macmillan