disabled etymology

English word disabled comes from English able, English abled, English trans-

Detailed word origin of disabled

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
able English (eng) (legal) Legally qualified or competent. [First attested in the early 18th century.]. (nautical) Capable of performing all the requisite duties; as an able seaman. [First attested in the late 18th century.]. (obsolete) Rich; well-to-do. [Attested from the mid 16th century until the late 19th century.]. (obsolete, dialectal) Having the physical strength; robust; healthy. [First attested from [...]
abled English (eng) (in combination) Having a range of physical powers as specified. [Late 20th century.].
trans- English (eng) (chemistry) A compound in which two atoms or groups are situated on opposite sides of some plane of symmetry passing through the compound. (Also used without the hyphen as an adjective; see trans.). Across, through, over, beyond, to or on the other side of, outside of.. Transgender or transsexual, or pertaining to those who are transgender or transsexual.
disabled English (eng) (legal) Legally disqualified.. Having a disability, especially physical.. Made incapable of use or action. One who is disabled (often used collectively as the disabled, but sometimes also singular).

Words with the same origin as disabled

Descendants of able
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