disabled

[dis-ey-buh ld]

adjective

physically or mentally impaired, injured, or incapacitated.

noun

(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.

Nearby words

  1. disability,
  2. disability clause,
  3. disability insurance,
  4. disability rights commission,
  5. disable,
  6. disabled list,
  7. disablement,
  8. disablement benefit,
  9. disablism,
  10. disabuse

Origin of disabled

First recorded in 1625–35; disable + -ed2

Related formsnon·dis·a·bled, noun, adjectivesem·i·dis·a·bled, adjectiveun·dis·a·bled, adjective

Usage note

See cripple.

disable

[dis-ey-buhl]

verb (used with object), dis·a·bled, dis·a·bling.

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

First recorded in 1475–85; dis-1 + able

Related formsdis·a·ble·ment, noundis·a·bler, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for disabled

disabled

adjective

  1. 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
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the disabled

usage

Nowadays it is better to refer to people with physical disabilities of various kinds by describing the specific difficulty in question rather than talking about the disabled as a group, which is considered somewhat offensive. Some people also object to the word disabled to refer to facilities for people with disabilites, and prefer the word accessible

disable

verb (tr)

to make ineffective, unfit, or incapable, as by crippling
to make or pronounce legally incapable
to switch off (an electronic device)
Derived Formsdisablement, noun

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Word Origin and History for disabled
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Medicine definitions for disabled

disabled

[dĭs-ābəld]

adj.

Impaired, as in physical functioning.

n.

Physically impaired people considered as a group. Often used with the.

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