(noun) Discrimination or prejudice against disabled people, particularly those with physical disabilities, in favor of those considered to be able-bodied.


  1. An individual with a visible physical disability is denied a server position at an upscale restaurant because their appearance is considered distracting to the clientèle.
  2. People with a mental disability such as depression are treated as weak or “faking it” because their disability is not visible.

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