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disadvantage

noun dis·ad·van·tage \ ˌdis-əd-ˈvan-tij \

Definition of disadvantage

1 :loss or damage especially to reputation, credit, or finances :detriment
  • the deal worked to their disadvantage
2 a :an unfavorable, inferior, or prejudicial condition
  • we were at a disadvantage
b :a quality or circumstance that makes achievement unusually difficult :handicap
  • his lack of formal schooling was a serious disadvantage

Examples of disadvantage in a Sentence

  1. She had the disadvantage of growing up in a poor community.

  2. They argued that the new regulations would place their company at a competitive disadvantage in the marketplace.

  3. There are advantages and disadvantages to the new system.

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Origin and Etymology of disadvantage

Middle English disavauntage, from Anglo-French desavantage, from des- dis- + avantage advantage


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disadvantage

verb

Definition of disadvantage

transitive verb
:to place at a disadvantage :harm

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First Known Use of disadvantage

circa 1534



DISADVANTAGE Defined for English Language Learners

disadvantage

noun

Definition of disadvantage for English Language Learners

  • : something that causes difficulty : something that makes someone or something worse or less likely to succeed than others

  • : a bad or undesirable quality or feature

  • : loss, damage, or harm


DISADVANTAGE Defined for Kids

disadvantage

noun dis·ad·van·tage \ ˌdis-əd-ˈvan-tij \

Definition of disadvantage for Students

:a state or condition that favors someone else
  • Our late start was a disadvantage in the race.


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