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.