- adjective (of a person) having a physical or mental disability.↘designed for or relating to disabled people: disabled access.UsageThe word disabled is the most generally accepted term in both British and US English today. It has superseded outmoded, now often offensive, terms such as crippled and handicapped and has not been overtaken itself by newer coinages such as differently abled or physically challenged.Some people regard the use of the adjective as a plural noun (as in the needs of the disabled) as dehumanizing. A more acceptable term would be people with disabilities.
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disabled — Ⅰ. disabled UK US /dɪˈseɪbld/ adjective ► not having one or more of the physical or mental abilities that most people have: »disabled customers. »Many meat packing workers say the work is so physically hard that they become disabled after only a… … Financial and business terms
disabled — adj: having a disability Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. disabled I (deprived of leg … Law dictionary
disabled — [dis ābəld] adj. 1. not in proper working order; out of commission [a disabled ship] 2. having a physical or mental disability the disabled those who are physically or mentally disabled; the handicapped … English World dictionary
disabled — adj. 1. injured so as to be unable to function; as, disabled veterans. Syn: hors de combat, out of action. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] 2. unable to function at normal capacity. Syn: handicapped, incapacitated. [WordNet 1.5 +PJC] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
disabled — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having a physical or mental disability. USAGE Disabled is the standard term for people with physical or mental disabilities, and should be used rather than outmoded, now sometimes offensive, terms such as crippled … English terms dictionary
disabled — incapacitated, 1630s, pp. adj. from DISABLE (Cf. disable). Earlier it meant legally disqualified (mid 15c.) … Etymology dictionary
disabled — [adj] incapacitated broken down, confined, decrepit, disarmed, hamstrung*, handicapped, helpless, hurt, incapable, infirm, laid up, lame, maimed, out of action*, outof commission*, paralyzed, powerless, rundown, sidelined, stalled, weakened, worn … New thesaurus
disabled — dis|a|bled W3 [dısˈeıbəld] adj 1.) someone who is disabled cannot use a part of their body properly, or cannot learn easily →↑handicapped ▪ a support group for parents of disabled children ▪ a severely disabled polio patient physically/mentally… … Dictionary of contemporary English
disabled — 01. Many of the buses in town now have special features to make them accessible to [disabled] passengers. 02. By going around the world in his wheelchair, Canadian hero Rick Hansen was able to show the world that people with a physical… … Grammatical examples in English
disabled */*/ — UK [dɪsˈeɪb(ə)ld] / US [dɪˈseɪb(ə)ld] adjective Words that avoid giving offence: disabled: Use disabled to describe someone who has a permanent condition, especially a physical one, that limits their activities in some way – for example, a… … English dictionary
disabled — adj., n. learning; physically disabled (learning disabled children; help for the learning disabled) * * * [dɪs eɪbld] physically disabled (learning disabled children; help for the learning disabled) learning … Combinatory dictionary