from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An unfavorable condition or circumstance.
- n. Something that places one in an unfavorable condition or circumstance.
- n. Damage or loss, especially to reputation or finances; detriment.
- transitive v. To put at a disadvantage; hinder or harm.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A weakness or undesirable characteristic; a con.
- n. A setback or handicap.
- v. To place at a disadvantage.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Deprivation of advantage; unfavorable or prejudicial quality, condition, circumstance, or the like; that which hinders success, or causes loss or injury.
- n. Loss; detriment; hindrance; prejudice to interest, fame, credit, profit, or other good.
- transitive v. To injure the interest of; to be detrimental to.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Absence or deprivation of advantage; that which prevents success or renders it difficult; any unfavorable circumstance or condition: as, the disadvantage of poverty or imperfect education.
- n. Loss; injury; prejudice to interest, reputation, credit, profit, or other good: as, to sell goods to disadvantage.
- n. Synonyms Detriment, injury, hurt, harm, damage, prejudice, drawback.
- To hinder or embarrass; do something prejudicial or injurious to; put at disadvantage.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
- n. the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
Middle English disavauntage, from Old French desavantage : des-, dis- + avantage, advantage; see advantage.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English disavauntage, from Old French desavantage (Wiktionary)