dis·​abled | \ dis-ˈā-bəld How to pronounce disabled (audio) , diz-ˈā- \

Definition of disabled

1a : impaired or limited by a physical, mental, cognitive, or developmental condition : affected by disability Decades of government policy and a Supreme Court decision … have established that public services for all disabled people must be provided in the least restrictive and most integrated environment possible.— Sallie Tisdale For disabled travelers—or anyone nursing an injury—successful trips require planning. … Rugged or remote areas may require some give and take on your part, including physical assistance or workarounds.— Linda Burbank … 4,000 disabled athletes from 125 nations competing in 18 sports.— John Shaw
b : incapacitated by illness or injury … 17.4% of all match-ending injuries, were attributable to OT (orthopedic trauma). Two such stoppages involved multiple roundhouse kicks directed at the lateral aspect of the knee. The disabled competitors were unable to continue because of marked pain with weight bearing.— George J. Buse and Robert M. Wood
2 of a device or mechanism : rendered inoperative (as by being damaged or deliberately altered) a disabled alarm They would have pulled out but they were waiting on the Iraqi police to finish their report and there was the issue of the disabled fuel truck …— David Abrams

Examples of disabled in a Sentence

The organization is working to protect the rights of disabled veterans. the disabled man was unable to climb the stairs without help
Recent Examples on the Web Both Google and TripAdvisor have since disabled reviews in Russia and Ukraine. Amanda Florian, ELLE, 11 May 2022 Kotsur dedicated the Oscar award to the Deaf community, the CODA community and the disabled community. Michael Roppolo, CBS News, 9 May 2022 Ranchi airport allegedly refused to let a disabled child board a flight. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 9 May 2022 The Coast Guard rescued five boaters from a disabled sailing vessel Friday 195 miles southeast of Mobile, officials said Saturday. Ruth Serven Smith | Rserven@al.com, al, 8 May 2022 In a tweet on Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard said that the 143-foot yacht is disabled 45 miles northwest of Grays Harbor, Washington. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 7 May 2022 The truck became disabled on a rural highway about 2 miles north of the town of Ganado. Steve Almasy, CNN, 6 May 2022 Tao said the vehicle was in the path of road flares set up by the officers investigating another disabled vehicle that was blocking a lane. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 The motorist then moved his four-year-old child from his disabled vehicle to the tow truck and drove away, according to police. Jake Allen, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disabled

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for disabled

from past participle of disable

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“Disabled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disabled. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for disabled


dis·​abled | \ dis-ˈā-bəld \

Kids Definition of disabled

: impaired or limited in the ability to engage in certain physical or mental tasks (as due to injury or condition present at birth)



Medical Definition of disabled

1 : impaired or limited by a physical, mental, cognitive, or developmental condition : affected by disability
2 : incapacitated by illness, injury, or wounds



Legal Definition of disabled

: having a disability

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