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

Keep scrolling for more

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 Old social networks may be more constricted by the losses of family, friends, co-workers or acquaintances who have moved away, died or are disabled from chronic conditions that have worsened during the pandemic. Marc Agronin, WSJ, "Tips for Older People as They Emerge Into the Post-Covid World," 14 Apr. 2021 In May 2019, a heart attack and stroke left Randy permanently disabled, unable to work or afford housing. Leah Waters, Dallas News, "A former Mavs ManiAACs dancer’s long journey back from homelessness," 14 Apr. 2021 Alessandri: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) laws are a good starting point in providing protection for physically disabled, blind, deaf, and hard-of-hearing individuals. Julia Brodsky, Forbes, "How People With Autism Can Find Training And Jobs," 7 Apr. 2021 Following a brigade of negative reviews, Yelp disabled users’ ability to post reviews for the bar, citing an increase of public attention. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, "Victim in alleged anti-Asian attack at S.F. bar was punched by a retired pro boxer, witnesses say," 6 Apr. 2021 Mobile data has also been disabled for the 19th day, according to internet monitor Netblocks. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "Myanmar junta orders internet blackout as more pro-democracy protesters are detained," 2 Apr. 2021 Millions of others were killed by the Nazis as well, including Romani people, the intellectually disabled, dissidents and homosexuals. Ana Faguy, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County to commemorate annual Holocaust Remembrance Day virtually again due to COVID pandemic," 2 Apr. 2021 Kemp first dismissed the effort to seek the death penalty in 2019 after concluding that Altamirano was intellectually disabled. Jacques Billeaud, The Arizona Republic, "Prosecutors make another death penalty bid against immigrant in 2015 Mesa store killing," 30 Mar. 2021 That’s it, now Drop In is disabled on each of your devices. Kim Komando, USA TODAY, "3 Amazon privacy settings you need to change now," 25 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'disabled.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of disabled

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for disabled

from past participle of disable

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about disabled

Time Traveler for disabled

Time Traveler

The first known use of disabled was in 1633

See more words from the same year

Statistics for disabled

Last Updated

19 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Disabled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disabled. Accessed 22 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for disabled


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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on disabled

What made you want to look up disabled? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Flower Edition

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!