Definition of disabled in US English:

disabled

adjective

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

    ‘facilities for disabled people’
    ‘the needs of the disabled’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another 21 percent were serious, and left the soldier permanently disabled.’
    • ‘They showed no real differences between the physically disabled and able-bodied athletes.’
    • ‘Of the rest, about half were clearly recognizable as developmentally disabled adults.’
    • ‘I look up, and it's the developmentally disabled guy from my apartment building.’
    • ‘And that causes a stroke that can kill or leave someone permanently disabled.’
    • ‘He suffered serious brain injuries which have left him mentally disabled.’
    • ‘A couple Mondays ago, a minibus pulled up and deposited five mentally disabled adults at our door.’
    • ‘Carers' Week supports the UK's six million carers people who look after a sick or disabled friend, partner or relative.’
    • ‘It provides technology to make facilities, programs and activities usable for disabled workers at no cost to the requesting organization.’
    • ‘A restaurant cannot limit seating of disabled patrons to one area, for instance.’
    • ‘Yoga has proven to aid development of self esteem in severely disabled children.’
    • ‘Yet today, it is used only as a home for some intellectually disabled residents.’
    • ‘What would you say to a parent that's contemplating having their intellectually disabled child sterilised?’
    • ‘Science can be one area of schoolwork that gives disabled students a sense of achievement and self-esteem.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They began the project, based in Charnley Street, Mill Hill, after seeing first-hand the lack of activity provision for disabled children.’
    • ‘The film takes a light-hearted look at the problems faced by disabled people in poorly-designed buildings.’
    having a disability, wheelchair-using, paralysed
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    1. 1.1 (of an activity, organization, or facility) specifically designed for or relating to people with a physical or mental disability.
      • ‘The club recently completed three years of renovations, spending more than $300,000 to install disabled access and upgrade facilities.’
      • ‘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 removal van will cost £23,000 and the disabled toilets about £4,000.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘There is no disabled access and space does not permit one to be provided.’
      • ‘However, when the car park was repainted they were replaced with more disabled bays.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It has rehearsal and storage space, a green room for artists, a dressing room, reception area, an administration area, and disabled access including lifts.’
      • ‘The building has also been specially designed for disabled access.’
      • ‘The new law will require all providers of goods and services to make reasonable physical adjustments to enable disabled access.’
      • ‘A hide will be created with disabled access allowing people to view the wildlife.’
      • ‘The president is considering new ways of generating feedback on courses and disabled access.’
      • ‘At the same time we have created more disabled bays and more parking bays generally.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Further information about disabled access in York is available through the Guide For 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.’
      • ‘A building in Cambridge Business Park is being refitted to exceed requirements on disabled access, energy-saving and using materials from sustainable sources.’
      • ‘Should the disabled parking bay have been used for the mayor's limousine?’

Usage

See handicapped and learning disability

Pronunciation

disabled

/ˌdɪsˈeɪb(ə)ld//ˌdisˈāb(ə)ld/