Definition of disability in US English:



  • 1A physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities.

    • ‘For Liam, every game is a victory as he battles to overcome his disability.’
    • ‘This may have enormous sociopsychological impact and cause physical disability.’
    • ‘It permitted specified doctors to put to death those suffering from grave mental or physical disabilities.’
    • ‘Aspirin is known to help reduce the disability caused by a stroke and to prevent further strokes.’
    • ‘Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them.’
    • ‘Recipients include community groups, nursing homes, and people with physical disabilities.’
    • ‘Providing care for older individuals suffering mental disabilities can exact an enormous psychological toll on family and loved ones.’
    • ‘Children with spina bifida can also have severe learning disabilities.’
    • ‘Skeletal scrutiny also indicates that these animals can survive a range of illnesses and injuries that cause permanent disabilities.’
    • ‘Children may have other disabilities like physical impairment or they may be autistic.’
    • ‘Autism is a life-long developmental disability that affects the way a person relates and interacts to people around them.’
    • ‘It pays for equipment and holidays to help improve the lives of children with physical and mental disabilities in the York area.’
    • ‘Some parents whose children have severe learning disabilities have been told that their respite services are being cut.’
    • ‘Preventing disability in older adults is a challenge.’
    • ‘Autism is a life-long developmental disability which affects more than an estimated 500,000 people in the UK.’
    • ‘The committee found that adults with intellectual disabilities are treated as second-rate citizens.’
    • ‘And over 450 people with intellectual disabilities are living in deplorable conditions in psychiatric hospitals.’
    • ‘Thus swimming should not be discouraged in people with epilepsy or any other physical disability.’
    • ‘In fact, reading disabilities affect 2 to 8 percent of elementary school children.’
    • ‘Subsequently she has become very well known for overcoming the disability caused by the accident and carrying out charity work.’
    condition, disorder, dysfunction, affliction, ailment, complaint, illness, malady, disease
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    1. 1.1 A disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law.
      ‘he had to quit his job and go on disability’
      • ‘A majority of those on welfare are on disability or sole parent support pensions.’
      • ‘The disability is imposed upon the caste and as a member of the caste that is his lot.’
      • ‘Supreme Court said that object was to wipe out disabilities imposed by Hindu Shastras.’
      • ‘Non-pecuniary interests will sometimes be substantial and clearly justify such disabilities.’
      • ‘It is the imposition of a harsh term in a circumstance where someone is in a disability.’
      • ‘The consent order recited that no person affected by the order was under a legal disability.’
      • ‘Those with disabilities can find themselves disadvantaged and sometimes victimised.’
      • ‘The fact that the defendant is under a disability is, in the end, it seems to me, a neutral point.’
      • ‘The Supreme Court said that the objective was to wipe out disabilities imposed by Hindu shastras.’
      • ‘It was necessary for him to show that he was under a disability on and from the date of the accident.’
      • ‘There is no issue with the value of the long-term disability once it is found to be property.’
      • ‘The situation was so disconcerting to Wade that he suffered a nervous breakdown and went on disability.’
      physical abnormality, mental abnormality, defect, impairment, affliction, disadvantage, deficiency
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