Definition of disadvantageous in English:



  • Involving or creating unfavourable circumstances that reduce the chances of success or effectiveness.

    ‘the new employment scheme is disadvantageous to women’
    • ‘Again, if this is the case, it will remain unclear why a referendum would have been rejected since the outcome will be the rejection of a euro that will be disadvantageous for everyone.’
    • ‘At the individual level, disadvantageous treatment of the disabled is often rooted in ill-will, disregard, and moral arbitrariness.’
    • ‘Because large proteins are energetically expensive to make, such proteins are disadvantageous if shorter proteins can perform the same function.’
    • ‘Conversely, with opposing sets of muscles acting on the jaw at various points, it would be disadvantageous to divide the structure of the mandible among several bones.’
    • ‘Ultimately, under the Court's decision, a successful plaintiff will have to prove she was singled out for disadvantageous treatment in the workplace.’
    • ‘A payment will therefore only become due to the Defaulting Party if and insofar as it represents a gain to the Non-defaulting Party resulting from its being relieved of a disadvantageous contract.’
    • ‘This can be disadvantageous for an individual who is significantly younger than the other beneficiaries, or if an individual is the only person of the group of beneficiaries.’
    • ‘The conformation, which normally would be disadvantageous, may get stabilized by stacking and/or other interactions with the codon bases.’
    • ‘The term disease is defined as a condition or state in a group of persons who have specified characteristics by which they differ from the norm in a way that is biologically disadvantageous.’
    • ‘Such losses of strength may be disadvantageous to the athlete on the field, as any subtle decrease in performance may be enough for the athlete to lose his competitive edge.’
    • ‘On the other hand, they are available to any other appropriate visual system, which can be advantageous or disadvantageous, depending on the intended receiver.’
    • ‘Each camp feels that it would be politically disadvantageous, a sign of weakness or lack of resolve, to publicly acknowledge any uncertainty in their view of the system.’
    • ‘In cases involving the liability of professionals the limitation period will normally commence when the client acts on the negligent advice by entering into a disadvantageous transaction.’
    • ‘We, however, should realize that it is economically disadvantageous and nonsensical for the state to support and army that is doing no military training.’
    • ‘The charge to the property was obtained by the son's exploiting the weaknesses of his father's position in order to benefit from a transaction which was manifestly disadvantageous to the father.’
    • ‘Ironically, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to ending the Vietnam War, as he negotiated the US withdrawal from Vietnam on the least disadvantageous terms possible.’
    • ‘The second was that he should realize that the attempt to create a single European power was disadvantageous to the United States and that he should try to block it.’
    • ‘Reduced fruit set after a hurricane could be especially disadvantageous because hurricanes can create sites for plant recruitment.’
    • ‘Michael had nearly been killed in that battle, possibly because of the disadvantageous circumstances under which the battle was fought.’
    • ‘However, they have long been in a disadvantageous and vulnerable position due to their status and restrictive regulations.’
    unfavourable, adverse, inauspicious, unpropitious, unfortunate, unlucky, bad
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