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Definition of disadvantageous

1 : constituting a disadvantage

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Other Words from disadvantageous

disadvantageously adverb
disadvantageousness noun

Examples of disadvantageous in a Sentence

They might have to resell the property at a disadvantageous time. Minority groups find themselves in a disadvantageous position. The current system is disadvantageous to women.
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Recent Examples on the Web Defenders can get ahead of certain campaigns, because increasingly hackers will infiltrate a target network and then wait patiently to deploy their ransomware at the most strategic moment—meaning the most disadvantageous moment for victims. Lily Hay Newman, Wired, "Ransomware Is Headed Down a Dire Path," 29 Dec. 2020 Kimura posited that most of the variation between organisms is neither advantageous nor disadvantageous. Quanta Magazine, "How Neutral Theory Altered Ideas About Biodiversity," 8 Dec. 2020 Sure, the Cowboys' defense has played from some disadvantageous positions this year due to offensive turnovers and special team woes. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: 3 things we learned from Cowboys-Browns, including a silver lining hidden within the loss to Cleveland," 5 Oct. 2020 Cinetopia also alleged in its comments that anticompetitive behavior in the industry still exists and distributors were, right then in 2018, strong-arming exhibitors into disadvantageous terms. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Why movie theaters are in trouble after DOJ nixes 70-year-old case," 11 Aug. 2020 Our country always has a surplus of children, and many wind up raised in foster care or in disadvantageous conditions. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Buster Posey and family take one for the team: Team Us," 12 July 2020 Panelo said people shouldn’t take Duterte literally and that contracts would be respected except for those disadvantageous to the public. Andreo Calonzo, Bloomberg.com, "Duterte Takes On Philippine Elite and Ends Up Even More Popular," 10 May 2020 The zero-force evolutionary law makes a clear prediction: over the past century the lab flies should have been less subject to the elimination of disadvantageous mutations and thus should have become more complex than the wild ones. Quanta Magazine, "The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity," 16 July 2013 This policy has long been ruled by courts as disadvantageous to minority groups and is regularly challenged. Dallas News, "McKinney councilman files federal voting rights suit to halt recall effort," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of disadvantageous

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jan 2021

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“Disadvantageous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disadvantageous. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disadvantageous

formal : making it harder for a person to succeed or to do something : causing someone to have a disadvantage


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Kids Definition of disadvantageous

: making it harder for a person or thing to succeed or do something The store was in a disadvantageous location.

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