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

  • adjective Physically or mentally disabled.
  • adjective Intended for people who have a disability.
  • noun People who have a disability considered as a group. Often used with the.

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

  • adjective suffering from a handicap (in senses 4 or 5); disabled; at a disadvantage.

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

  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of handicap.
  • adjective Having a handicap.
  • adjective derogatory Limited by an impediment of some kind.

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

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


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