able-bodied


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a·ble-bod·ied

(ā′bəl-bŏd′ēd)
adj.
Not physically disabled; strong and healthy: "It required an immediate end to welfare for the able-bodied poor" (David A. Stockman).

able-bodied

adj
1. physically strong and healthy; robust
2. not having a physical disability
Usage: Preferred form: non-disabled

a′ble-bod′ied



adj.
having a strong, healthy body; physically fit.
[1615–25]
a′ble-bod′ied•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.able-bodied - having a strong healthy bodyable-bodied - having a strong healthy body; "an able seaman"; "every able-bodied young man served in the army"
fit - physically and mentally sound or healthy; "felt relaxed and fit after their holiday"; "keeps fit with diet and exercise"

able-bodied

adjective strong, firm, sound, fit, powerful, healthy, strapping, hardy, robust, vigorous, sturdy, hale, stout, staunch, hearty, lusty, right as rain (Brit. informal), tough, capable, sturdy, Herculean, fighting fit, sinewy, fit as a fiddle The gym can be used by both able-bodied and disabled people.
weak, tender, fragile, ailing, frail, feeble, debilitated, sickly

able-bodied

adjective
Translations

able-bodied

[ˈeɪblˈbɒdɪd]
A. ADJsano
B. CPD able-bodied seaman Nmarinero m de primera, marinero m patentado

able-bodied

adj(gesund und) kräftig; (Mil) → tauglich

able-bodied

[ˌeɪblˈbɒdɪd] adjrobusto/a, valido/a
able-bodied citizen → cittadino idoneo or abile (al servizio militare)
References in classic literature ?
There are able-bodied men here who work from early morning until late at night, in ice-cold cellars with a quarter of an inch of water on the floor--men who for six or seven months in the year never see the sunlight from Sunday afternoon till the next Sunday morning-- and who cannot earn three hundred dollars in a year.
She was a large, able-bodied woman, about twenty years old.
The last time I was in the Commons, a civil able-bodied person in a white apron pounced out upon me from a doorway, and whispering the word 'Marriage-licence' in my ear, was with great difficulty prevented from taking me up in his arms and lifting me into a proctor's.
We were not a large tribe; afterwards, all our able-bodied men numbered one full regiment in Chaka's army, perhaps there were between two and three thousand of them, but they were brave.
To bring that about, their fellow slaves all over the world must unite in a vast international association of men pledged to share the world's work justly; to share the produce of the work justly; to yield not a farthing--charity apart--to any full-grown and able-bodied idler or malingerer, and to treat as vermin in the commonwealth persons attempting to get more than their share of wealth or give less than their share of work.
Able-bodied, clean-minded women we want also--mothers and teachers.
In obedience to this summons four hundred and eighteen able-bodied men assembled.
So seldom do they ever exert themselves, that when they do work they seem determined that so meritorious an action shall not escape the observation of those around if, for example, they have occasion to remove a stone to a little distance, which perhaps might be carried by two able-bodied men, a whole swarm gather about it, and, after a vast deal of palavering, lift it up among them, every one struggling to get hold of it, and bear it off yelling and panting as if accomplishing some mighty achievement.
Some were able-bodied, but inexpert; others were expert, but lazy; while a third class were expert and willing, but totally worn out, being broken-down veterans, incapable of toil.
We are four able-bodied men in this household, so that we could take good care of ourselves, but I confess that I have had uneasy moments when I have thought of the Stapletons.
I've been looking for a good able-bodied bandit like you for years.
Indeed, in Kukuanaland, as among the Germans, the Zulus, and the Masai, every able-bodied man is a soldier, so that the whole force of the nation is available for its wars, offensive or defensive.