Often Offensive. a euphemism for disabled (usually preceded by an adverb).
deficient or lacking (usually preceded by an adverb or noun and used facetiously): ethically challenged; math-challenged.
- un·chal·lenged, adjective
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How to use challenged in a sentence
CAD’s chief in 2019, Jackie Roberts, told legislators at the time that her section was “very challenged” and noted that her budget hadn’t changed in recent memory.Natural Gas Is Getting Cheaper. Thousands Are Paying More To Heat Their Homes Anyway. | by Lucas Manfield and Ken Ward Jr., Mountain State Spotlight | April 17, 2021 | ProPublica
The current state of policies around micromobility is a very challenged environment.Uber still sees micromobility and AVs in its future, and could push Prop 22 beyond California | Megan Rose Dickey | October 7, 2020 | TechCrunch
But in 1969, a longstanding practice was challenged—its ban on women.
He challenged the very core of the Iranian theocracy and demanded respect for basic human rights.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Within hours, thousands of Iranians challenged the foreign minister on social media asking how that could possibly be.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015 | Movements.Org | December 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Good, caring teachers recognized his talent and challenged him to work hard to compete at the highest levels.
So the sorts of policy changes Obama announced Thursday night would, if challenged in court, be upheld as legal.
It would make a sensation, he thought; there was more than one generally accepted theory he had challenged or contradicted in it.Uncanny Tales | Various
It was quite expected that his progress would be challenged, hence the warlike preparations.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
In the midst of a torrent of invectives from every quarter, the military were challenged to fire.
Voting must be performed carefully because a defaced, improperly marked ballot may be challenged and thrown out.Hallowed Heritage: The Life of Virginia | Dorothy M. Torpey
Getting close to the kopje, he saw a number of the enemy slinking off, and at once challenged them.Campaign Pictures of the War in South Africa (1899-1900) | A. G. Hales
British Dictionary definitions for challenged
(in combination) disabled or disadvantaged in some way: physically challenged performers
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