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  • Fit, strong, and healthy; not physically disabled.

    ‘he was the only able-bodied man on the farm’
    • ‘They showed no real differences between the physically disabled and able-bodied athletes.’
    • ‘The vessel is designed to enable able-bodied and physically disabled people to experience the adventure of off-shore sailing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The aim of this meeting is to set up a youth club with emphasis on inclusion of both disabled and able-bodied young people.’
    • ‘I appreciate that it is good for pupils to mix, both disabled and able-bodied, as this reflects the general public.’
    • ‘Benjamin says there's a certain fear as well as curiosity when able-bodied and disabled dancers meet.’
    • ‘In the athletes' village, it is great to see that everyone treats the disabled athletes the same as an able-bodied person.’
    • ‘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 be able to play side by side at the pioneering inclusive playground at Wharfemeadows Park in Otley.’
    • ‘Disabled and able-bodied children will now be able to enjoy the playground together because of its specially designed equipment.’
    • ‘This would have been an extraordinary achievement even for an able-bodied athlete.’
    • ‘Disabled and able-bodied pupils got together for a dance and drama day.’
    • ‘It took the disabled shoppers two hours longer than their able-bodied counterparts to complete the same activities.’
    • ‘When able-bodied people go about seeking changes on behalf of the disabled, these never get done.’
    • ‘She finds now that disabled people working for her are as responsible as able-bodied people.’
    • ‘It wilfully ignores the real differences between the needs of the disabled and the needs of the able-bodied.’
    • ‘There is a snag with this product for owners who have dependants living with them, be they able-bodied or disabled.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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/ˌāb(ə)lˈbädēd/ /ˌeɪb(ə)lˈbɑdid/