Definition of able-bodied in English:



  • Fit and healthy; not physically disabled.

    ‘he was the only able-bodied man on the farm’
    ‘some areas of the garden are only accessible to the able-bodied’
    • ‘Disabled and able-bodied pupils got together for a dance and drama day.’
    • ‘Disabled and able-bodied children will be able to play side by side at the pioneering inclusive playground at Wharfemeadows Park in Otley.’
    • ‘If you thought disabled athletes were in any way less competitive than able-bodied ones then this mayhem should put you right.’
    • ‘Disabled and able-bodied children will now be able to enjoy the playground together because of its specially designed equipment.’
    • ‘Benjamin says there's a certain fear as well as curiosity when able-bodied and disabled dancers meet.’
    • ‘This means that able-bodied citizens must support their claims and push forward disabled rights in Bulgaria.’
    • ‘Disabled people had the same rights and entitlements as able-bodied people.’
    • ‘This would have been an extraordinary achievement even for an able-bodied athlete.’
    • ‘They showed no real differences between the physically disabled and able-bodied athletes.’
    • ‘There is a snag with this product for owners who have dependants living with them, be they able-bodied or disabled.’
    • ‘The aim of this meeting is to set up a youth club with emphasis on inclusion of both disabled and able-bodied young people.’
    • ‘The vessel is designed to enable able-bodied and physically disabled people to experience the adventure of off-shore sailing.’
    • ‘She finds now that disabled people working for her are as responsible as able-bodied people.’
    • ‘When able-bodied people go about seeking changes on behalf of the disabled, these never get done.’
    • ‘It wilfully ignores the real differences between the needs of the disabled and the needs of the able-bodied.’
    • ‘A new project - Crank it Up - wants to see more able-bodied and disabled people enjoying the benefits of cycling.’
    • ‘I wish traffic wardens would use as much enthusiasm when dealing with able-bodied people who use disabled parking places.’
    • ‘In the athletes' village, it is great to see that everyone treats the disabled athletes the same as an able-bodied person.’
    • ‘I appreciate that it is good for pupils to mix, both disabled and able-bodied, as this reflects the general public.’
    • ‘It took the disabled shoppers two hours longer than their able-bodied counterparts to complete the same activities.’
    healthy, fit, in good health, robust, strong, sound, sturdy, vigorous, hardy, hale and hearty, athletic, muscular, strapping, tough, powerful, mighty, rugged, burly, brawny, stalwart, lusty, staunch
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