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

Definition of ableism

: discrimination or prejudice against individuals with disabilities

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

Examples of ableism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This choice helped prevent building ableism into oxygen measures, while also avoiding gender disparities due to poor device fit. Amy Moran-thomas, Wired, 4 June 2021 This is partly due to persistent ableism and other barriers in traditional workplaces. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Besides, good intentions and ableism aren’t mutually exclusive. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 19 May 2021 There are hundreds of specific choices involved in dealing with the many kinds of everyday ableism. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 18 Apr. 2021 The long struggle to unlearn ableism may have an unexpected side benefit. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 24 Feb. 2021 Sometimes, in specific everyday encounters ableism truly is harmless, or merely annoying. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 21 Mar. 2021 Broadly speaking, disability activism seeks to fix society’s ableism, not fix disabled people’s disabilities. Andrew Pulrang, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 Following the film's initial trailer debut last November, the singer hit back at critics on social media, many of whom accused her of ableism for casting Ziegler instead of an autistic performer. Tyler Aquilina,, 20 Feb. 2021

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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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The first known use of ableism was in 1981

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14 Jun 2021

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“Ableism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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