Definitions

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

  • noun An unfavorable condition or position.
  • noun Something that places one in an unfavorable condition or position.
  • noun Damage or loss, especially to reputation or finances; detriment.
  • transitive verb To put at a disadvantage; hinder or harm.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To hinder or embarrass; do something prejudicial or injurious to; put at disadvantage.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Loss; injury; prejudice to interest, reputation, credit, profit, or other good: as, to sell goods to disadvantage.
  • noun Synonyms Detriment, injury, hurt, harm, damage, prejudice, drawback.

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

  • transitive verb To injure the interest of; to be detrimental to.
  • noun Deprivation of advantage; unfavorable or prejudicial quality, condition, circumstance, or the like; that which hinders success, or causes loss or injury.
  • noun Loss; detriment; hindrance; prejudice to interest, fame, credit, profit, or other good.

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

  • noun A weakness or undesirable characteristic; a con.
  • noun A setback or handicap.
  • verb transitive To place at a disadvantage.

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

  • verb put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
  • noun the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English disavauntage, from Old French desavantage : des-, dis- + avantage, advantage; see advantage.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English disavauntage, from Old French desavantage

Examples

  • I think the main disadvantage is the mess insided the deer when you field dress it.

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  • The main disadvantage is the installation cost, which is considerably more than a tank heater.

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  • I think the main disadvantage is the mess insided the deer when you field dress it.

    Have any of you taken a deer with a frontal chest shot?

  • While the advantage of having such in depth background knowledge would normally be a full appreciation of details (and range of opinions), the disadvantage is they can sway policy solely based on the opinion of a single person (themselves) and throw up a technical smokescreen to strengthen their case.

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  • Another disadvantage is the fact that because a girl has spent so much time and money to get a degree she doesn't want to marry right after graduatuion but first spends some time working at a career and paying back her debts.

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  • FB Connect’s main disadvantage is Facebook itself.

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  • Its disadvantage is that it is complex, takes a long time write, with always the possibility that other life happenings will eventually interfere with its timely completion, or simply that the author loses motivation to finish it, with other ideas and projects coming to seem more interesting.

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  • Its disadvantage is that it is complex, takes a long time write, with always the possibility that other life happenings will eventually interfere with its timely completion, or simply that the author loses motivation to finish it, with other ideas and projects coming to seem more interesting.

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