able-bodied


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able-bodied

adj. physically capable of working at a job or in the military. It is often used to describe a person as capable of earning a living and, therefore, of paying alimony or child support.

See: powerful
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May I ask if they are all large, able-bodied men with powerful voices?
As he had foreseen, all the able-bodied men were down at the boat-landing working cargo.
In the meantime, the hut had become thronged by the able-bodied officers and men of the two ships.
The plan proposed is, that a detachment of the able-bodied officers and men among us should set forth this very day, and make another effort to reach the nearest inhabited settlements, from which help and provisions may be dispatched to those who remain here.
So we get back again," said the captain, "to the old question--Who among the able-bodied is to go?
Grand Cabal of Able-Bodied Sedentarians; Associated Deities of the
Before me, one mature able-bodied labourer had done the day shift and another equally mature able-bodied labourer had done the night-shift.
Section One, be it enacted, and so forth and so forth, that the militia shall consist of every able-bodied male citizen of the respective states, territories, and District of Columbia, who is more than eighteen and less than forty-five years of age.
At home they seem to have sheltered themselves chiefly in unsubstantial wooden villages, easily destroyed and easily abandoned; For the able-bodied freemen among them the chief occupation, as a matter of course, was war.
Ten goats, he said, was a high price for an able-bodied warrior.
She thought, I suppose, that every able-bodied adult in England ought to know as much as that.
ON THE BALL: Able-bodied and disabled youngsters at Croxteth park