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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Physically strong and healthy: "It required an immediate end to welfare for the able-bodied poor” ( David A. Stockman).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a sound, strong body; physically competent; robust; fit for service.
  • adj. Capable of performing all requisite duties, as a seaman, specifically in the Royal Navy a rating between leading and ordinary.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a sound, strong body; physically competent; robust.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having a sound, strong body; having strength sufficient for physical work: as, a dozen able-bodied men; an able-bodied sailor. In a ship's papers abbreviated to A. B.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a strong healthy body

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