\ˈā-bəld \

Definition of abled 

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

Examples of abled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Scores of plus-size and differently abled models were seen strutting down the catwalk in all their glory. Shammara Lawrence, Teen Vogue, "The Best Body-Positive Moments from New York Fashion Week 2018," 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, "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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'abled.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of abled

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for abled

extracted from disabled

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about abled

Statistics for abled

Last Updated

10 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for abled

The first known use of abled was in 1946

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for abled


\ˈā-bəld \

Medical Definition of abled 

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

Comments on abled

What made you want to look up abled? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make faulty or ineffective

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!