[ 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.
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strapping, firm, fit, hale, hardy, healthy, hearty, lusty, powerful, robust, staunch, stout, sturdy, vigorous
- able rating,
- able seaman,
- able-bodied seaman,
Origin of able-bodied
First recorded in 1615–25
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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.Roads of Destiny|O. Henry
physically strong and healthy; robust
not having a physical disability
Preferred form: non-disabled
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