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Definition of abled

: capable of unimpaired function Again, the design is physically helpful for the less abled, more comfortable because it eliminates the strap-across-the-lower-neck sensation of standard belts …— Royal Ford

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Recent Examples on the Web The experience is similar for the X1 Remote; the ability to speak commands or requests allows users of various disabilities (visual, motor, and/or cognitive) to use their cable interface with the same fluidity as an abled person. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 20 May 2021 There are sick bodies and bodies with disabilities, both of which require their inhabitants to navigate different landscapes than the ones encountered by healthy or abled people. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, 18 Sep. 2019 The criteria of the law apply equally to abled and disabled alike. Chris Eaton, Twin Cities, 15 Sep. 2019 Things that are considered luxury amenities for abled people are often necessities for people with disabilities. Wendy Lu, Quartz, 8 Aug. 2019 Scores of plus-size and differently abled models were seen strutting down the catwalk in all their glory. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, 15 Sep. 2018 So much is focused on fertility and reproduction — and that's not always something abled people think disabled people should or can do. Ariel Henley, Teen Vogue, 5 Oct. 2017 Many of these men and women lack the same freedom of movement and clarity of speech as abled people, yet they are focused less on their limitations and more on their potential. Robbie Shell, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of abled

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abled

extracted from disabled

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Medical Definition of abled

: capable of unimpaired function the senior citizens, those less abled in some way— Richard Hair — compare differently abled

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