The Inclusive Naming Word Lists v1.0 is now available:

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Word List: Tier 0

Term: disable



Related Terms

  • disabled

Usage Context


Do not change. The terms ‘disable’ and ‘disabled’ are valid in the context of technology, such as disabling an application or a network component. In the context of talking about disabled people, however, follow the guidance around it from the AP Style Guide, the UK Government , the National Center for Disability and Journalism , or other sources. In most cases, the recommendation is to use the word ‘disabled’ to refer to disabled people rather than alternate terms. The National Center for Disability and Journalism recommends to specify the disability where relevant, instead of grouping all people under the general term.

Recommended Replacements

  • Deactivate/activate

Unsuitable Replacements

  • None



Term Status


Supporting Content