Definition of disabled in English:

disabled

adjective

  • 1(of a person) having a physical or mental condition that limits their movements, senses, or activities.

    ‘facilities for disabled people’
    • ‘Carers' Week supports the UK's six million carers people who look after a sick or disabled friend, partner or relative.’
    • ‘Yet today, it is used only as a home for some intellectually disabled residents.’
    • ‘Tory Euro-MPs say over-prescriptive details will make it more expensive for manufacturers to comply with the worthy goal of improving bus conditions for disabled people.’
    • ‘A couple Mondays ago, a minibus pulled up and deposited five mentally disabled adults at our door.’
    • ‘Yoga has proven to aid development of self esteem in severely disabled children.’
    • ‘Science can be one area of schoolwork that gives disabled students a sense of achievement and self-esteem.’
    • ‘They showed no real differences between the physically disabled and able-bodied athletes.’
    • ‘But the Government says it has brought forward a raft of equality legislation and has pumped record funds into the improving conditions for disabled people.’
    • ‘Of the rest, about half were clearly recognizable as developmentally disabled adults.’
    • ‘Another 21 percent were serious, and left the soldier permanently disabled.’
    • ‘I look up, and it's the developmentally disabled guy from my apartment building.’
    • ‘They began the project, based in Charnley Street, Mill Hill, after seeing first-hand the lack of activity provision for disabled children.’
    • ‘The researchers are adamant though, the development is aimed not at couch potatoes but so that bedridden or disabled people to get some of the benefits of exercise.’
    • ‘What would you say to a parent that's contemplating having their intellectually disabled child sterilised?’
    • ‘The film takes a light-hearted look at the problems faced by disabled people in poorly-designed buildings.’
    • ‘He suffered serious brain injuries which have left him mentally disabled.’
    • ‘Tony is one of approximately 150,000 people in Hampshire who is a carer - somebody who cares for a sick or disabled partner or relative.’
    • ‘A restaurant cannot limit seating of disabled patrons to one area, for instance.’
    • ‘It provides technology to make facilities, programs and activities usable for disabled workers at no cost to the requesting organization.’
    • ‘And that causes a stroke that can kill or leave someone permanently disabled.’
    having a disability, wheelchair-using, paralysed
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    1. 1.1 Relating to or specifically designed for people with a physical or mental disability.
      ‘disabled access is available at all venues’
      • ‘It has rehearsal and storage space, a green room for artists, a dressing room, reception area, an administration area, and disabled access including lifts.’
      • ‘They also claim the station, which consists of a turning circle, raised pavements for disabled access and bus shelters, isn't needed because the village has coped without it during the work.’
      • ‘A building in Cambridge Business Park is being refitted to exceed requirements on disabled access, energy-saving and using materials from sustainable sources.’
      • ‘The building has also been specially designed for disabled access.’
      • ‘The superloo included gents, ladies and disabled facilities - with access by radar key - a baby-changing room, new paving and seating and a host of other things.’
      • ‘The president is considering new ways of generating feedback on courses and disabled access.’
      • ‘There is no disabled access and space does not permit one to be provided.’
      • ‘The proposals to demolish the old building and replace it with a futuristic station with ticket office, waiting area, disabled access and CCTV were unveiled in 2003.’
      • ‘South Lismore Soccer Club will be hosting a soccer marathon on Saturday with the goal of raising money to install a disabled access to the upper story spectator area of their clubhouse.’
      • ‘The club recently completed three years of renovations, spending more than $300,000 to install disabled access and upgrade facilities.’
      • ‘Further information about disabled access in York is available through the Guide For Disabled Access.’
      • ‘A hide will be created with disabled access allowing people to view the wildlife.’
      • ‘At the same time we have created more disabled bays and more parking bays generally.’
      • ‘The new law will require all providers of goods and services to make reasonable physical adjustments to enable disabled access.’
      • ‘The lack of investment in studios, particularly in Sligo town where something as basic as disabled access has been long fingered, tells its own story.’
      • ‘Should the disabled parking bay have been used for the mayor's limousine?’
      • ‘The club would need wheelchair access, disabled toilet facilities and a fire hydrant to be installed, requirements officials were not aware of when they took out the insurance.’
      • ‘However, when the car park was repainted they were replaced with more disabled bays.’
      • ‘When the Steam Museum was being built I, with others, spent many hours working at Empire House on the design of disabled and walking wounded lavatories.’
      • ‘The removal van will cost £23,000 and the disabled toilets about £4,000.’

Usage

The word disabled came to be used as the standard term in referring to people with physical or mental disabilities in the second half of the 20th century, and it remains the most generally accepted term in both British and US English today. It superseded outmoded, now often offensive, terms such as crippled, defective, and handicapped and has not been overtaken itself by newer coinages such as differently abled or physically challenged. Although the usage is very widespread, some people regard the use of the adjective as a plural noun (as in the needs of the disabled) as dehumanizing because it tends to treat people with disabilities as an undifferentiated group, defined merely by their capabilities. To avoid offence, a more acceptable term would be people with disabilities

Pronunciation

disabled

/dɪsˈeɪbld/