able-bodied

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

adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. ablaut,
  2. ablaze,
  3. able,
  4. able rating,
  5. able seaman,
  6. able-bodied seaman,
  7. abled,
  8. ableism,
  9. ablepharia,
  10. ablepsia

Origin of able-bodied

First recorded in 1615–25

Related formsa·ble-bod·ied·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for able-bodied

able-bodied

adjective

physically strong and healthy; robust
not having a physical disability

usage

Preferred form: non-disabled

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Word Origin and History for able-bodied

able-bodied

adj.

1620s; see able + body.

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