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 Shawb : 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 of disabled from the Web
The impasse has devastated social-service providers, shuttering services for the homeless, disabled and poor.
The Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people has grown dramatically in their states and others, but the Republican bill would cut it, with reductions growing over time.
Hechavarria, who played just 20 games this season before landing on the disabled list with an oblique injury, is a light-hitting shortstop whose bat never matched his skills with the glove.
To create space on the 40-man roster, the club placed starter Nathan Karns on the 60-day disabled list.
The draft bill would cut Medicaid for the poor and disabled by some $800 billion and scale back subsidies designed to help people afford coverage.
A room of White men just pulled the reins of health care tighter without input from women, minorities, sick or disabled Americans.
Without lineup linchpin Yangervis Solarte, who officially landed on the disabled list Friday with an oblique strain, the Padres managed just two hits off Fulmer and none against reliever Shane Greene.
Popular culture upholds this falsehood while often showing only one type of disabled body— a white male wheelchair user, like in Me Before You, The Fundamentals of Caring and ABC’s Speechless.
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First Known Use of disabled
DISABLED Defined for Kids
Definition of disabled for Students
: not having the ability to do certain mental or physical tasks (as because of illness, injury, or a condition present at birth) that a person is typically capable of doing
Medical Definition of disabled
: incapacitated by illness, injury, or wounds; also : physically or mentally impaired in a way that substantially limits activity especially in relation to employment or education
Legal Definition of disabled
: having a disability
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