[dis-uh d-van-tij, -vahn-]
- absence or deprivation of advantage or equality.
- the state or an instance of being in an unfavorable circumstance or condition: to be at a disadvantage.
- something that puts one in an unfavorable position or condition: His bad temper is a disadvantage.
- injury to interest, reputation, credit, profit, etc.; loss: Your behavior is a disadvantage to your family's good name.
- to subject to disadvantage: I was disadvantaged by illness.
Origin of disadvantage
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1. drawback, inconvenience, hindrance. 4. detriment, hurt, harm, damage.
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Under its influence Hope sometimes appeared at disadvantage.Malbone
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And yet, upon the whole, it is not greatly to his disadvantage.
As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.The Devil's Dictionary
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"You shall not be at any disadvantage," he said, and began to strip with all possible speed.Casanova's Homecoming
- an unfavourable circumstance, state of affairs, thing, person, etc
- injury, loss, or detriment
- an unfavourable condition or situation (esp in the phrase at a disadvantage)
- (tr) to put at a disadvantage; handicap
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Word Origin and History for disadvantage
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