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ableism

[ ey-buh-liz-uhm ]
/ ˈeɪ bəˌlɪz əm /
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noun

discrimination against disabled people: laws to prevent ableism, racism, and sexism in the workplace.
the tendency to regard people with a disability as incomplete, diminished, or damaged, and to measure the quality of life with a disability against a nondisabled standard: Ableism reinforces the idea that disability is a personal tragedy.

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Origin of ableism

First recorded in 1980–85; able + -ism

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OTHER WORDS FROM ableism

a·ble·ist, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ableism

ableism
/ (ˈeɪbəlˌɪzəm) /

noun

discrimination against disabled or handicapped people
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