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able-bodied

[ey-buh l-bod-eed] /ˈeɪ bəlˈbɒd id/
adjective
1.
having a strong, healthy body; physically fit:
Every able-bodied young man served in the armed forces.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25
Related forms
able-bodiedness, noun
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  • The few able-bodied survivors move or not as they see fit.
  • So there's a certain emotional resistance to the notion that it is necessary to provide food and shelter for able-bodied adults.
  • To be sure, they're probably mostly still able-bodied.
  • Only managed immigration can fill its medium-term need for able-bodied adults.
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  • The script, to which no less than five able-bodied authors have contributed their labors, is older than memory and nearly as long.
British Dictionary definitions for able-bodied

able-bodied

adjective
1.
physically strong and healthy; robust
2.
not having a physical disability
Usage note
Preferred form: non-disabled
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Word Origin and History for able-bodied
adj.

1620s; see able + body.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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