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Discrimination against people who are not able-bodied, or an assumption that it is necessary to cater only for able-bodied people. The term was coined by US feminists in the 1980s and was later used by the Council of the London Borough of Haringey in a press release in 1986. Also spelt ablism. Compare ageism, ethnocentrism, fattism, heterosexism, racism, sexism, speciesism. ableist or ablist n.

1 One who practises or advocates ableism. adj.

2 Of or relating to ableism. [From able  +  Greek -ismos indicating a state or condition, on the model of words such as ageism]

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