One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Having a full range of physical or mental abilities; not disabled.See also differently abled
- ‘ONE SHOULD never call a person disabled, they are differently and distinctly abled in all respects.’
- ‘Do disabled men date mostly disabled or abled women?’
- ‘Not only can these techniques represent a usability issue to able bodied users they can present an impenetrable barrier to less abled visitors.’
- ‘These mainstream messages must be challenged continually, and both abled and disabled women who ostracize those who do not fit culturally defined standards of disability must be confronted.’
- ‘Our vision of life surely should encompass the abled and disabled alike.’
- ‘Manchester will go down in history as the first city to have the Commonwealth games running together with both abled and disabled athletes.’
- ‘The line between abled and disabled is a permeable one that we will all move across throughout our lives for varying durations and with varying degrees of limitations.’
- ‘The Project is a voluntary humanitarian organisation which helps with the medical and educational needs of less abled children in orphanages and schools in Belarus.’
- ‘Getting about for less abled residents isn't easy, but dropped kerbs really help.’
- ‘They are for people who are less abled so anyone found in these spaces should not only have a ticket but perhaps a fine or points as well.’
- ‘When directing members of the dance company, which is made up of abled dancers, his muscular impairment means he cannot physically show a combination, but he can describe it.’
- ‘The recent ploy of opening up that same double-price offer to abled as well as disabled people means they have simply constructed another disabling barrier.’
- ‘They were mainly elderly, women, and children, as the abled men joined the Resistance.’
- ‘If employers were a bit more patient, think more of us and gave us more time, we would prove ourselves to be as good as the abled people and even better.’
- ‘To be disabled is to be pigeon-holed as if, by defining what is wrong with you, the abled population will find it easier to deal with you.’
- ‘‘In my many years working with the less abled, this has been the most rewarding experience I have ever had,’ said the Secretary for the Special Olympics in Northern Ireland.’
1980s: back-formation from disabled.
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