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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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

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A month later, the Nationals placed him on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Tigers have no choice but to baby Casey Mize's inflamed shoulder," 16 June 2019 Manaea went on the disabled list last August for shoulder trouble and had surgery in September. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Athletics’ Piscotty available off bench Sunday, should start Monday," 16 June 2019 The Indians placed Clevinger on the disabled list April 9. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Indians’ Mike Clevinger looks strong in rehab start in Akron (video)," 11 June 2019 He had been placed on the disabled list just once in his career during the 2014 season with a rib fracture. Bob Brookover, https://www.inquirer.com, "Phillies lose fifth straight and outfielder Andrew McCutchen to injury; Manny Machado’s grand slam leads Padres," 4 June 2019 In 2005, the City of Houston introduced the Safe Clear program to remove disabled vehicles from certain highways in the city. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Humble approves Safe Clear towing program at Thursday’s council meeting," 13 July 2018 The 28-year-old trooper out of the Northampton barracks responded to a call about a disabled vehicle on Route 91 around 1:30 a.m. near the Chestnut Street overpass when a deer ran in front of his cruiser, State Police said in a statement. Katie Camero, BostonGlobe.com, "State trooper pulled out of burning cruiser after he crashed into guardrail to avoid hitting deer," 6 July 2018 Deputies approaching Lloyd’s disabled vehicle could not see inside because its windows were tinted, reports the Greenwood Commonwealth. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, "Dad Kidnaps His Infant Daughter Then Kills Her and Himself as Authorities Close In," 6 July 2018 Lisa Weiser, 56, of the 3900 block of Lyons Street, Skokie, was charged on June 27 with driving under the influence of alcohol after an investigation of a disabled vehicle in the 1700 block of Chestnut Avenue. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "Police: $10,000 in mature vines cut off business' pergola," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of disabled

1633, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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