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From [able body] + -ed.



able-bodied (comparative more able-bodied, superlative most able-bodied)

  1. Having a sound, strong body; physically competent; robust; fit for service.
    • 1893, Froude, James Anthony, History of England from the Fall of Wolsey to the Defeat of the Spanish Armada:
      A servant determinately idle, leaving his work, or an able-bodied vagrant, roaming the country without means of honest self-support and without seeking employment, was to be brought before the two nearest magistrates.
  2. (nautical) Capable of performing all requisite duties as a seaman, specifically in the Royal Navy, a rating between leading and ordinary.

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