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

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 But all are instances of dark patterns, or website designs meant to steer, coerce or deceive people into making unintended or potentially disadvantageous decisions. Anne Kates Smith, chicagotribune.com, "Shedding light on dark patterns," 25 Oct. 2019 Most of the field of 20 will have been thinned off due to lack of sufficient talent or disadvantageous competitive circumstances. Tim Layden, SI.com, "2018 Kentucky Derby: Horses and Human Runners Are Not so Different," 2 May 2018 In this case, U.S. military dominance and openness is disadvantageous. Philip Bump, Washington Post, "Why, despite America's might, Trump's military parade can't compare to North Korea's," 8 Feb. 2018 The instant it is deemed disadvantageous, North Korea will not hesitate to violate it, renounce it, or simply walk away. Nicholas Eberstadt, WSJ, "With Kim Jong Un, There’s No ‘Win-Win’," 23 May 2018 Still, putting these films so close together looks mutually disadvantageous. Ryan Faughnder, latimes.com, "Hollywood hopes for a rebound with a slew of summer blockbusters — including 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'," 22 May 2018 If Trump makes rapid progress in his talks with Kim, that could put Abe in a very disadvantageous position. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "A grumpy Trump welcomes Japan’s weakened leader," 17 Apr. 2018 If, for instance, a weak bladder leads a child to perform poorly in timed exams or protuberant ears means bullying blighted their education, genetic variants for these traits will show up as disadvantageous. The Economist, "Genes and backgrounds matter most to exam results," 26 Mar. 2018 In order to circumvent Cfius review and exploit the export-control system, China lures U.S. companies into disadvantageous joint ventures on Chinese soil with promises of access to the opaque Chinese marketplace. Robert Pittenger, WSJ, "How China Pushes the Limits on Military Technology Transfer," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of disadvantageous

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of disadvantageous was in 1603

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2 Dec 2019

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“Disadvantageous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disadvantageousness. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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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


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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