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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ey-buh l bod-eed]
    • /ˈeɪ bəl ˈbɒd id/
    • /ˈeɪbl -bɒd.id/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ey-buh l bod-eed]
    • /ˈeɪ bəl ˈbɒd id/

Definitions of able-bodied word

  • adjective able-bodied An able-bodied person is physically strong and healthy, rather than being weak or having a disability. 3
  • adjective able-bodied The able-bodied are people who are able-bodied. 3
  • adjective able-bodied physically strong and healthy; robust 3
  • adjective able-bodied not having a physical disability 3
  • adjective able-bodied healthy and strong 3
  • adjective able-bodied having a strong, healthy body; physically fit: Every able-bodied young man served in the armed forces. 1

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Origin of able-bodied

First appearance:

before 1615
One of the 41% oldest English words
First recorded in 1615-25

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Parts of speech for Able-bodied


able-bodied popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 39% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
According to our data about 70% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

Synonyms for able-bodied

adj able-bodied

  • strapping — powerfully built; robust.
  • firm — not soft or yielding when pressed; comparatively solid, hard, stiff, or rigid: firm ground; firm texture.
  • fit — adapted or suited; appropriate: This water isn't fit for drinking. A long-necked giraffe is fit for browsing treetops.
  • hale — free from disease or infirmity; robust; vigorous: hale and hearty men in the prime of life.
  • hardy — capable of enduring fatigue, hardship, exposure, etc.; sturdy; strong: hardy explorers of northern Canada.

adjective able-bodied

  • able — Someone who is able is very clever or very good at doing something.

Antonyms for able-bodied

adj able-bodied

  • infirm — feeble or weak in body or health, especially because of age; ailing.
  • delicate — Something that is delicate is small and beautifully shaped.
  • weak — not strong; liable to yield, break, or collapse under pressure or strain; fragile; frail: a weak fortress; a weak spot in armor.

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