Noun Ableism Definition and Examples







Discrimination in favour of able-bodied people.
  1. 'Some of these issues include infanticide, child abuse, incest, forced marriage, marital rape, classism, ableism, and sexism.'
  2. 'As Suzanne Pharr points out, ‘it is virtually impossible to view one oppression… in isolation because they are all connected: sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, ableism, anti-Semitism, ageism ‘.'
  3. 'The noble motive of Elliott and Vasquez is to end racism, sexism, ageism, ableism, and heterosexism… just about every type of nonPC ‘ism’ in existence.'
  4. 'I find it very disturbing that a pregnant woman's wish for a healthy child is being redefined as being an expression of ableism.'
  5. 'Their issues-which still are all women's issues-are very much entrenched in institutional oppression feeding off racism, sexism, classism, ageism and ableism.'
  6. 'Please try not to promote ableism within the pages of your ‘progressive’ newsjournal, especially after you have shown that you know better.'
  7. 'It is arguable that other forms of oppression, such as gender oppression, sexism, ableism, ageism, etc., are also produced by capitalism.'


1. discrimination against disabled people.

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