: a physical, mental, cognitive, or developmental condition that impairs, interferes with, or limits a person's ability to engage in certain tasks or actions or participate in typical daily activities and interactions
- Scientists have tentatively linked the reading disability known as dyslexia to a bevy of brain disturbances.
- —Science News
- How, with his severe disability, has Hawking been able to out-think and out-intuit his leading colleague-competitors …
- —Kip S. Thorne
: impaired function or ability
- Yet one ends up admiring him for his devotion to the disability that could have unmade his career as an actor. It is through his deafness that we hear his story.
- —Lennard J. Davis
- Sarcopenia is a loss of muscle mass and strength that normally occurs with aging, and it's a major cause of frailty and disability in the elderly.
- —Andrew Weil
— see also intellectual disability, learning disability
- Thrombolytic therapy has been used in patients with acute ischemic stroke to restore cerebral blood flow, reduce ischemia, and limit neurologic disability.
- —Werner Hacke
2 a (1)
: an impairment (such as a chronic medical condition or injury) that prevents someone from engaging in gainful employment
- … monthly payment to which a worker is entitled upon retirement or disability under the federal social security system …
- —Robert I. Mehr
: an impairment (such as spina bifida) that results in serious functional limitations for a minor
: a program providing financial support to a person affected by disability
: the financial support provided by such a program
- … those who fit the criteria for dysthymia were more likely to have physical and emotional problems and more likely to be on Medicaid or Social Security disability than those with acute depression.
- —Melinda Beck
- … he collects disability on account of his exposure to Agent Orange during his years as an Army MP in Vietnam.
- —Jason Fagone
: lack of legal qualification to do something
- … Defoe … dramatised the gravity of the problem in the morally desperate expedient which Roxana is forced to adopt to overcome the legal disabilities of women.
- —Ian Watt