Definition of disadvantage in English:

disadvantage

noun

  • An unfavorable circumstance or condition that reduces the chances of success or effectiveness.

    ‘a major disadvantage is the limited nature of the data’
    ‘the impact of poverty and disadvantage on children’
    • ‘Add it all up and Ford has a huge cost disadvantage compared with the Japanese.’
    • ‘So in that sense they were at a disadvantage relative to the newcomers who were coming in.’
    • ‘There are several potential disadvantages of this approach.’
    • ‘Social, economic, and health data indicate that American Indians experience extreme disadvantages in American society.’
    • ‘Any tiny advantage would be far outweighed by the serious disadvantages of a cumbersome hindrance in getting away from predators.’
    • ‘Natives in this group will have risen above any disadvantages associated with humble beginnings.’
    • ‘Athy is one of 20 towns aided by the programme which aims to help areas overcome their socioeconomic disadvantage.’
    • ‘In sum, the main minorities in the U.S. represent significant socioeconomic disadvantage in comparison with the majority.’
    • ‘However, many areas of the province face a connectivity disadvantage compared to more urban areas.’
    • ‘Of the two, she is the one who would suffer the greater disadvantage.’
    • ‘However I think that the benefits outweigh the potential disadvantages; for now, anyway.’
    • ‘There are also, it should be said, disadvantages associated with investing in both too!’
    • ‘A more serious potential disadvantage is that asset-based loan amounts will fall with a company's fortunes.’
    • ‘Even facing all the socioeconomic disadvantages, farmworkers rarely used social services.’
    • ‘A disadvantage of this approach is that it allows the comparison of only nested models.’
    • ‘In this way, they may be able to overcome the competitive disadvantage of price.’
    • ‘Location conferred environmental advantages and disadvantages with respect to the shifting fish stocks.’
    • ‘The second is that because of that fact you have a distinct disadvantage.’
    • ‘On the whole, the buyer, therefore, appears to face a decided disadvantage relative to the seller.’
    • ‘Better still, it helped him overcome a considerable spending disadvantage.’
    drawback, snag, downside, stumbling block, catch, pitfall, fly in the ointment
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Place in an unfavorable position in relation to someone or something else.

    ‘we are disadvantaging the next generation’
    • ‘Of course, it is the minor parties that are disadvantaged as a result.’
    • ‘In fact, absolutely no one will be financially disadvantaged as a result of Working for Families.’
    • ‘The lack of access to the educational psychological service is seriously disadvantaging some children.’
    • ‘Such a deliberate strategy which avoids a direct response to a national paid maternity leave scheme is, in the meantime disadvantaging thousands of working women in Australia who are either pregnant or planning to have a child.’
    • ‘However Professor Peter Smith says: ‘We want to make sure we're not disadvantaging Maori and Pacific Island students by introducing it.’’
    • ‘All that matters is that having the issue on the ballot might induce a number of Democrats to turn out at the polls who otherwise would not have, thus disadvantaging Republican candidates.’
    • ‘Nor was there a lift, so disabled students were seriously disadvantaged.’
    • ‘By refusing to install the necessary hardware BT is quite deliberately disadvantaging rural areas.’
    • ‘So, in that respect, the accused was not disadvantaged in terms of preparation time.’
    • ‘Phil Barlow, a Labour town, district and county councillor for Witham, said: ‘For the most disadvantaged clients, it's disadvantaging them further.’’
    • ‘There was also an idea that if we took away half the eggs of an infertile woman we would be disadvantaging her.’
    • ‘The studies exhibited common themes of systemic processes of discrimination disadvantaging young girls, the rationalisation process within democratic culture, and ‘racial’ culture.’
    • ‘Pupils from lower socioeconomic groups are disadvantaged in many ways when applying for entry to medical education.’
    • ‘In many respects Tanzania defies the claim that girls are disadvantaged in terms of education in sub-Saharan Africa.’
    • ‘We should not be disadvantaging both parties.’
    • ‘It would also mean that the specialised advice which qualified animal health suppliers offer will be removed from the industry, disadvantaging both farmers and consumers.’
    • ‘Their charter is to provide an alternative system resourced by private income (hence the name), for those who can afford the fees without disadvantaging those who can't.’
    • ‘But the BBC is warning it will pull the plug on those referring directly to the by-election, to avoid disadvantaging the Tories and Liberal Democrats under electoral laws.’
    • ‘Neighbouring schools and boroughs complained that brighter children were being creamed off, seriously disadvantaging those schools which were still genuinely comprehensive.’
    • ‘Setting a quota for campus universities below demand forces up the Year 12 scores required for entry, disadvantaging those without the home and school background conducive to high marks, principally lower-income people.’
    treat unfavourably, put at a disadvantage, treat harshly, treat unfairly, put in an unfavourable position, handicap, inflict a handicap on, do a disservice to, be unfair to, wrong
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Phrases

  • at a disadvantage

    • In an unfavorable position relative to someone or something else.

      ‘stringent regulations have put farmers at a disadvantage’
      • ‘So in that sense they were at a disadvantage relative to the newcomers who were coming in.’
      • ‘They can force an advancing enemy to take an approach or position in which they are at a disadvantage.’
      • ‘He cleverly chose a defensive position, putting the French force at a disadvantage.’
      • ‘This situation puts certain groups at a disadvantage in terms of education and civil service positions.’
      • ‘Reed said the way the contract has been handled leaves his company out of pocket and at a disadvantage for submitting future bids.’
  • to one's disadvantage

    • So as to cause harm to one's interests or standing.

      ‘his poor record inevitably worked to his disadvantage’
      • ‘But sometimes, there is no escape and resistance can be… well… to your disadvantage.’
      • ‘If it has already been used to your disadvantage, you may be able to get a substantial sum in damages.’
      • ‘By justifying the management discourse on productivity, employees keep in place the surveillance system that actually works to their disadvantage.’
      • ‘But the world has changed to their disadvantage.’
      • ‘This is exactly the sort of struggle that is most to their disadvantage, not least because of the four-and five-year election cycles to which the rhythms of their wars are typically tuned.’
      detriment, prejudice, disservice, harm, damage
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French desavantage, from des- (expressing reversal) + avantage ‘advantage’.

Pronunciation

disadvantage

/ˌdɪsədˈvæn(t)ɪdʒ//ˌdisədˈvan(t)ij/