Definition of disability
1a : the condition of being disabledb : limitation in the ability to pursue an occupation because of a physical or mental impairment; also : a program providing financial support to one affected by disability <went on disability after the injury>
2 : lack of legal qualification to do something
3 : a disqualification, restriction, or disadvantage
Examples of disability in a sentence
She has learned to keep a positive attitude about her disability.
disabilities such as blindness and deafness
a program for children with disabilities
It's a serious disease that can cause disability or death.
After he injured his back he had to quit his job and go on disability.
First Known Use of disability
DISABILITY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of disability for English Language Learners
: a condition (such as an illness or an injury) that damages or limits a person's physical or mental abilities
: the condition of being unable to do things in the normal way : the condition of being disabled
: a program that provides financial support to a disabled person
DISABILITY Defined for Kids
Definition of disability for Students
: a condition (as one present at birth or caused by injury) that damages or limits a person's abilities : the state of being disabled
Medical Definition of disability
1: the condition of being disabled
2: limitation in the ability to pursue an occupation because of physical or mental impairment
3: a physical or mental illness, injury, or condition that incapacitates in any way; also : a program providing financial support to one affected by disability <went on disability after the injury>
Legal Definition of disability
1 : inability to pursue an occupation because of a physical or mental impairment; specifically : inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or to be of long continued or indefinite duration in accordance with the Social Security Act — see also benefit, Americans with Disabilities Act — compare incapacity, occupational disease
2 : lack of legal qualification to do something <a minor's disability>
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