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

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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 Newsom is also arguing for the state to put physical education tests on pause for three years, citing concerns of bullying and discrimination against disabled and non-binary students. Joan Muwahed And, ABC News, "California Gov. Gavin Newsom on The View: 'We are the most un-Trump state in America'," 10 Feb. 2020 He's made 10 trips to the disabled list over seven of those years. Ronald Blum, courant.com, "Strasburg, Nationals reach record 7-year, $245M deal," 9 Dec. 2019 He's made 10 trips to the disabled list over seven of those years. Ronald Blum, chicagotribune.com, "Stephen Strasburg, Nationals reach record $245M, 7-year deal," 9 Dec. 2019 Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati Enquirer Left-hander Cody Reed can blame bad luck on the injury that put him on the disabled list in May of last season. John Fay, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds left-hander Cody Reed hopes to bounce back after season lost to injury," 7 Dec. 2019 The case involved a mentally disabled student who attended the school where Aljahim worked. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Judge dismisses sexual assault charges against Hamtramck activist," 21 Nov. 2019 Now, parents of disabled students get to review and comment on the proposal. Laura Hancock, cleveland, "Special ed students hoped to get boost in Cleveland, 10 other school districts, under planned legal settlement," 20 Nov. 2019 And the state allocates money for special education based on total enrollment rather than on the number of disabled students or the severity of their impairments. Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times, "13% of L.A. students have a significant disability. Is this a better deal for them?," 21 Aug. 2019 Discrimination against gay, transgender and disabled students would be banned in private schools that take Florida vouchers under bills filed this month in the Florida Legislature. Leslie Postal, orlandosentinel.com, "Bills seek to ban discrimination in private schools that take Florida vouchers," 13 Aug. 2019

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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 28 Feb. 2020.

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dis·​abled | \ dis-ˈā-bəld \

Kids Definition of disabled

: 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

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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