[ ey-buh l-bod-eed ]
/ ˈeɪ bəlˈbɒd id /


having a strong, healthy body; physically fit: Every able-bodied young man served in the armed forces.

Origin of able-bodied

First recorded in 1615–25

OTHER WORDS FROM able-bodied

a·ble-bod·ied·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for able-bodied

  • He bought the goods at a Fourth Avenue antique store, and hung a sign-out: 'Able-bodied hal—halberdier wanted.

British Dictionary definitions for able-bodied



physically strong and healthy; robust
not having a physical disability

usage for able-bodied

Preferred form: non-disabled
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