able·​ism | \ ˈā-bə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce ableism (audio) \

Definition of ableism

: discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities

Other Words from ableism

ableist \ ˈā-​bə-​ˌlist How to pronounce ableism (audio) \ adjective

Examples of ableism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Much of it is broadly focused on topics like implicit bias, ableism, gender discrimination, and heterosexism, to name a few topics. Shaun Harper, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Conversations about ableism in pop culture aren’t new. Jeff Ihaza, Rolling Stone, 5 Aug. 2022 These terms perpetuate ableism, the social prejudice that people with disabilities are inferior. Kiran Herbert, Outside Online, 22 Feb. 2022 Unfortunately, public transit is a perfect sphere for, whether one calls it oversight or ableism, to thrive. Gus Alexiou, Forbes, 26 June 2022 How does someone with clearly visible and audible disabilities cope with the many forms of frustrating interpersonal ableism that can crop up at any time, in any place? Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 19 May 2022 The proposal also would launch a task force to help combat ableism, the discrimination or social prejudice against people with disabilities, in school settings. Jenna Carlesso, Hartford Courant, 4 May 2022 This article discusses ableism, violence, rape and murder, which some readers may find distressing. Carly Findlay,, 21 Apr. 2022 Anger and criticism of inaccessibility, ableism, and injustice is often dismissed not only as counterproductive, but as coming from grief and resentment of our disabilities themselves. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 22 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of ableism

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ableism

-able (in disable, disabled) + -ism

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13 Aug 2022

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“Ableism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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