- physically or mentally impaired, injured, or incapacitated.
- (used with a plural verb) physically or mentally impaired persons (usually preceded by the): Ramps have been installed at the entrances to accommodate the disabled.
Origin of disabled
- to make unable or unfit; weaken or destroy the capability of; incapacitate: The detective successfully disabled the bomb. He was disabled by the accident.
- to make legally incapable; disqualify.
Origin of disable
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Examples from the Web for disabled
Unwittingly or not, modern feminism is leaving its disabled sisters out of the discussion.#YesAllWomen, but Not Really: How Feminism Leaves the Disabled Behind
November 24, 2014
Evidence of their popularity can be seen in the fact that the comments box was disabled.Pippa Middleton's Country Dancing NBC Try Out
November 7, 2014
At the same time, Chubby experienced growing heart troubles, finally becoming too disabled to work in 2004.How Brooklyn’s First Ice Cream Girl Fought City Hall–and Won
October 13, 2014
One is that the communications systems were disabled by some kind of power failure.MH370 Debris Is Lost Forever, Can the Plane Be Found Without It?
September 7, 2014
Medicare, the program for the elderly and disabled, lifted its ban on covering sex reassignment surgery earlier this year.Obamacare Now Pays for Gender Reassignment
Kaiser Health News
August 25, 2014
He did not reflect that just because he was not his, he did not feel the wounds that disabled from action.Weighed and Wanting
We are natural enemies; and when your foe is disabled, then is the time to strike.Stories from Thucydides
H. L. Havell
The Speedwell had been forced to put back in a disabled condition.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
This incident had a depressing effect on the passengers of the disabled ship.A Woman Intervenes
When the commander is disabled, the chief-of-staff continues the action.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
- lacking one or more physical powers, such as the ability to walk or to coordinate one's movements, as from the effects of a disease or accident, or through mental impairment
- (as collective noun; preceded by the)the disabled
- to make ineffective, unfit, or incapable, as by crippling
- to make or pronounce legally incapable
- to switch off (an electronic device)
Word Origin and History for disabled
"incapacitated," 1630s, past participle adjective from disable. Earlier it meant "legally disqualified" (mid-15c.).
- Impaired, as in physical functioning.
- Physically impaired people considered as a group. Often used with the.