disabled

[ dis-ey-buh ld ]
/ dɪsˈeɪ bəld /

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.

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Origin of disabled

First recorded in 1625–35; disable + -ed2

usage note for disabled

See cripple.

OTHER WORDS FROM disabled

non·dis·a·bled, noun, adjectivesem·i·dis·a·bled, adjectiveun·dis·a·bled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for nondisabled

disabled
/ (dɪˈseɪbəld) /

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 for disabled

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
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Medical definitions for nondisabled

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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