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disadvantage

[dis-uh d-van-tij, -vahn-] /ˌdɪs ədˈvæn tɪdʒ, -ˈvɑn-/
noun
1.
absence or deprivation of advantage or equality.
2.
the state or an instance of being in an unfavorable circumstance or condition:
to be at a disadvantage.
3.
something that puts one in an unfavorable position or condition:
His bad temper is a disadvantage.
4.
injury to interest, reputation, credit, profit, etc.; loss:
Your behavior is a disadvantage to your family's good name.
verb (used with object), disadvantaged, disadvantaging.
5.
to subject to disadvantage:
I was disadvantaged by illness.
Origin of disadvantage
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English disavauntage < Anglo-French; Old French desavantage. See dis-1, advantage
Synonyms
1. drawback, inconvenience, hindrance. 4. detriment, hurt, harm, damage.
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  • Under its influence Hope sometimes appeared at disadvantage.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • As compared with the statesman, he suffers the disadvantage of being alive.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • And yet, upon the whole, it is not greatly to his disadvantage.

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • Do you know of any thin above that can be found to your disadvantage?

    Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • "You shall not be at any disadvantage," he said, and began to strip with all possible speed.

    Casanova's Homecoming Arthur Schnitzler
British Dictionary definitions for disadvantage

disadvantage

/ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒ/
noun
1.
an unfavourable circumstance, state of affairs, thing, person, etc
2.
injury, loss, or detriment
3.
an unfavourable condition or situation (esp in the phrase at a disadvantage)
verb
4.
(transitive) to put at a disadvantage; handicap
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Word Origin and History for disadvantage
n.

late 14c., disavauntage, from Old French desavantage (13c.), from des- (see dis-) + avantage (see advantage).

v.

1530s, from disadvantage (n.). Related: Disadvantaged; disadvantaging.

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