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Definition of "disability" []

  • The condition of being disabled; incapacity. (noun)
  • The period of such a condition: never received a penny during her disability. (noun)
  • A disadvantage or deficiency, especially a physical or mental impairment that interferes with or prevents normal achievement in a particular area. (noun)
  • Something that hinders or incapacitates. (noun)
  • Law A legal incapacity or disqualification. (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 "disability" in a sentence
  • "This rise in disability is likely to increase future nursing home populations by 10% to 25% over current projections, Lakdawalla says."
  • "I think we need to start using the term disability-phobic, to raise awareness about this, as in the descriptive and accurate term "homophobia""
  • "Do you think your dislike of using the term disability, or the subject of disability itself as evidenced by the way you have consistently ignored the topic has to do with your fitness obsession, and the way you conflate a healthy, fit body with godliness?"