from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Inoperative.
  • adjective Impaired, as in physical functioning.
  • noun Physically or mentally impaired people considered as a group.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective injured so as to be unable to function.
  • adjective unable to function at normal capacity.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Made incapable of use or action.
  • adjective Having a disability, especially physical.
  • adjective law Legally disqualified.
  • noun Those who are disabled, regarded collectively or as a social group.
  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of disable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective incapable of functioning as a consequence of injury or illness
  • noun people collectively who are crippled or otherwise physically handicapped


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