disadvantage


1dis·ad·van·tage

noun \ˌdis-əd-ˈvan-tij\

: 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

  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 of DISADVANTAGE

Middle English disavauntage, from Anglo-French desavantage, from des- dis- + avantage advantage
First Known Use: 14th century

2disadvantage

transitive verb

Definition of DISADVANTAGE

:  to place at a disadvantage :  harm

First Known Use of DISADVANTAGE

circa 1534

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