Simple Definition of disadvantage
: something that causes difficulty : something that makes someone or something worse or less likely to succeed than others
: a bad or undesirable quality or feature
: loss, damage, or harm
Full Definition of disadvantage
1 : loss or damage especially to reputation, credit, or finances : detriment <the deal worked to their disadvantage>
2 a : an unfavorable, inferior, or prejudicial condition <we were at a disadvantage> b : a quality or circumstance that makes achievement unusually difficult : handicap <his lack of formal schooling was a serious disadvantage>
Examples of disadvantage in a sentence
She had the disadvantage of growing up in a poor community.
They argued that the new regulations would place their company at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace.
There are advantages and disadvantages to the new system.
Origin of disadvantage
Middle English disavauntage, from Anglo-French desavantage, from des- dis- + avantage advantage
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of disadvantage
: to place at a disadvantage : harm
First Known Use of disadvantage
DISADVANTAGE Defined for Kids
Definition of disadvantage for Students
: a state or condition that favors someone else <Our late start was a disadvantage in the race.>
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