\ˈā-bəld \

Definition of abled 

: capable of unimpaired function designed to be helpful to the less abled — compare differently abled

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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, "Why Sex Education for Disabled People Is So Important," 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, "When ‘Enough’ Doesn’t Have to Mean ‘More’," 23 Apr. 2017

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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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\ˈā-bəld \

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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