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Definition of "disabled" [disabled]

  • Inoperative: a disabled vehicle. (adjective)
  • Impaired, as in physical functioning: a disabled veteran; disabled children. (adjective)
  • Physically impaired people considered as a group: the physically disabled. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "disabled" in a sentence
  • "Though Sir Philip may dislike the term "disabled", many identify strongly with it and believe it is helpful."
  • "That refusing to use the term disabled to describe conjoined twins is akin to refusing to call a black person black."
  • "To others, it makes sense considering how broad the term disabled is and the laws in place for awarding disability pensions."