[ dis-uhd-van-tij, -vahn- ]
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  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.

  1. something that puts one in an unfavorable position or condition: His bad temper is a disadvantage.

  2. injury to interest, reputation, credit, profit, etc.; loss: Your behavior is a disadvantage to your family's good name.

verb (used with object),dis·ad·van·taged, dis·ad·van·tag·ing.
  1. to subject to disadvantage: I was disadvantaged by illness.

Origin of disadvantage

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English disavauntage, from Anglo-French; Old French desavantage; equivalent to dis-1 + advantage

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British Dictionary definitions for disadvantage


/ (ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒ) /

  1. an unfavourable circumstance, state of affairs, thing, person, etc

  2. injury, loss, or detriment

  1. an unfavourable condition or situation (esp in the phrase at a disadvantage)

  1. (tr) to put at a disadvantage; handicap

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