dis·​ad·​van·​ta·​geous | \ (ˌ)dis-ˌad-ˌvan-ˈtā-jəs How to pronounce disadvantageous (audio) , -vən- \

Definition of disadvantageous

1 : constituting a disadvantage

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 Utah finds itself on both the advantageous side of that system and the disadvantageous. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Dec. 2021 On the other side, Traylor said UTSA faces an uphill battle preparing for the nation’s leading passer in Bailey Zappe, knowing Western Kentucky always has checks to escape disadvantageous situations before the snap. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Dec. 2021 But by playing a more obscure move—perhaps even one that the computers suggest is disadvantageous—Carlsen thrives by throwing his opponents into that unfamiliar territory. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 9 Dec. 2021 Rarely before any big game had there been so much theorizing, so much back and forth, about whether a victory in that game was advantageous or disadvantageous, necessary or unnecessary, as there was before Saturday night’s Utah-Oregon matchup. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 Generally, standing closer to the line of scrimmage can place linebackers in a disadvantageous position when dropping into coverage. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 7 Sep. 2021 The wait, during which either party can opt out, can be especially disadvantageous for women trying to get out of abusive marriages, says Feng Yuan, co-founder of Equality, a Beijing group focused on preventing violence against women. Chao Deng, WSJ, 19 Apr. 2021 The pandemic has dragged on, and virtually everything about Brexit has been disadvantageous to Northern Ireland’s stability. Tess Taylor, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 And from my perspective, those who are able to see the advantage in a disadvantageous circumstance are far more likely to be successful. Alexander Frech, Forbes, 7 June 2021

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First Known Use of disadvantageous

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Disadvantageous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disadvantageous. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of disadvantageous

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


dis·​ad·​van·​ta·​geous | \ ˌdis-ˌad-ˌvan-ˈtā-jəs How to pronounce disadvantageous (audio) \

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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