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disadvantage

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noun dis·ad·van·tage \ˌdis-əd-ˈvan-tij\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of disadvantage

  1. 1 :  loss or damage especially to reputation, credit, or finances :  detriment <the deal worked to their disadvantage>

  2. 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

  1. She had the disadvantage of growing up in a poor community.

  2. They argued that the new regulations would place their company at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace.

  3. There are advantages and disadvantages to the new system.



Origin and Etymology of disadvantage

Middle English disavauntage, from Anglo-French desavantage, from des- dis- + avantage advantage


First Known Use: 14th century


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disadvantage

verb dis·ad·van·tage

Definition of disadvantage

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to place at a disadvantage :  harm



Circa 1534

First Known Use of disadvantage

circa 1534



DISADVANTAGE Defined for Kids

disadvantage

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noun dis·ad·van·tage \ˌdis-əd-ˈvan-tij\

Definition of disadvantage for Students

  1. :  a state or condition that favors someone else <Our late start was a disadvantage in the race.>





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