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Definition of challenged

: presented with difficulties (as by a disability) physically challenged

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Examples of challenged in a Sentence

all parts of the sports complex are fully accessible to the physically challenged
Recent Examples on the Web Creative juices were flowing, career paths were changing, and your love life may have started to feel a bit challenged. Meghan Rose, Glamour, "Tarotscopes: Monthly Tarot Horoscopes for Every Zodiac Sign," 1 Apr. 2021 That’s all fans are asking because this team has been gifted with a stretch run filled with challenged quarterbacks that give Dallas a chance (one more time) to compete for that low-hanging top spot in the NFC East. Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, "Stretch run filled with struggling QBs gifts Cowboys one last shot at NFC East division title," 5 Dec. 2020 But state officials requested and received a stay from the Supreme Court, effectively leaving the curbside voting ban and other challenged laws in place for runoff. Mike Cason |, al, "17 attorneys general oppose Alabama curbside voting ban in Supreme Court," 20 Oct. 2020 Clay, whose father had held the seat for decades before him, did not engage as fully in the race as some other challenged incumbents. David Weigel,, "Another left-wing Democratic primary win surprises the incumbent but not activists," 5 Aug. 2020 Many of the readings are available in translation, but even the students who feel challenged reading in the second language are encouraged to wrestle with the original texts. Erik Gleibermann, New York Times, "Seeking a Voice, via a Bilingual M.F.A., in Writing and in Life," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of challenged

1983, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of challenged was in 1983

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7 Apr 2021

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“Challenged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of challenged

chiefly US : having a physical or mental problem that makes it difficult to do things as easily as other people do



Kids Definition of challenged

: having a disability or deficiency



Medical Definition of challenged

: having a physical or mental disability or impairment skiing programs for physically challenged athletes— Craig Hansell

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