Meaning of abled in English:


Pronunciation /ˈeɪbld/


  • Having a full range of physical or mental abilities; not disabled.

    ‘an astonishing company of abled and disabled dancers’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Do disabled men date mostly disabled or abled women?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘ONE SHOULD never call a person disabled, they are differently and distinctly abled in all respects.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Not only can these techniques represent a usability issue to able bodied users they can present an impenetrable barrier to less abled visitors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were mainly elderly, women, and children, as the abled men joined the Resistance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Getting about for less abled residents isn't easy, but dropped kerbs really help.’
    • ‘Our vision of life surely should encompass the abled and disabled alike.’


1940s either from able + -ed (on the pattern of disabled) or a back-formation from disabled.