Taxonomy of meanings for 可:

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    • POSSIBLE
      • nabpossibilities, the possible; objective possibility, viability, feasibility
      • vadVquestionpossibly
      • vibe practically possible, be feasible
      • vt+V[0]may possibly V, may conceivably V, may come to V; it is possible for one to V
      • vt+V[0]{PASS}cannot be V-ed
      • for a person>ABLE
        • vt(+V[0])can; is able to (short for 可以 with omitted verbal object)
        • vt[0]+V[0]absoluteit is possible to V, one can V; it is possible that there be V-ing
        • vt+V[0]{PASS}transitive verb which takes passivised verbs as object: be VERBable
        • vt+V[0]have the objective possibility of; be able to (under the circumstances) (short for 可以) FAYAN: 可南面
        • vt( V[0]{PASS})transitive verb with omitted passive verbal object: be (VERB)able
        • vt+:Vt(oN.)adV(0)methodcan thereby, can in this way
        • vt+:Vt(oN.)adV(0)reasoncan for that reason, can therefore, can thus
        • vt+:Vt(oN.)adV(0)conditional可以 can under these conditions; can under such circumstances; can given such a context
        • vt+:Vt(oN.)adV(0)place可以 can from such a place
        • able to sustain>ENDURE
          • vtoNendure, bear with; brook
          • vtoVcan bear to V
          • declarative>PERMIT
            • nabactpermission
            • vt(oNab)permit the contextually determinate Nab asked for
            • vtoV(0)middle voice=可以? be permitted to V
            • vt[0](oV(0))You are permitted to do the contextually determinate act V
          • agree to>AGREE TO
            • vtoNagree to something proposed
            • vt(+V[0])agree to do the contextually determinate thing
        • able to please>PLEASANT
          • vt+prep+Nbe pleasant to the N
          • to a pleasant degree> INTENSELEY
        • and obliged>SHOULD
          • vt+V[0]V=passiveshould be V-ed
          • vt[0]+V[0]absoluteone should
          • vt+V[0]{PASS}may properly be VERBED, should in effect be VERBED
          • vt+V[0]V=activeshould; often imperative: must
          • as it should be>GOOD
            • vi(0)things will be all right, things are all right 如之何則可?
            • vibe morally acceptable; be OK; be advisable
          • IMPERATIVE MARKER
            • vt[0]+V[0]you must; please!
            • vt+V[0]you should!
          • should receive>DESERVE
            • vt+V[0]V=passivedeserve to be V-ed; merit V-ing
      • to the point of being likely>PROBABLE
        • vt+V[0]be likely to; may ??vt+V marking possibility (epistemic modality)
        • but not exactly>APPROXIMATELY
          • vadVapproximately, roughly
        • to the point of being acceptable>TRUE
          • visubject=wordsbe acceptable, justified and true
          • treat or declare as>ADMIT
            • vt+Sconcede, admit
            • colloquial: admittedly>NONETHELESS
              • padS1.post-S2nonetheless