1. [ noun ] advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
Related terms: advantage penalty
2. [ noun ] (medicine) the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness
Synonyms: disability impairment disablement

"reading disability" "hearing impairment"

Related terms: unfitness bowleg anorgasmia astasia bow_leg hearing_impairment disability_of_walking visual_impairment prolapse knock-knee amputation dysomia hypesthesia pigeon_toes anosmia disable
3. [ verb ] injure permanently
Synonyms: invalid incapacitate disable

"He was disabled in a car accident"

Related terms: injure hock disability
4. [ verb ] put at a disadvantage
Synonyms: hamper hinder disadvantage

"The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"

Related terms: disadvantage bias shackle
5. [ verb ] (horse racing) attempt to forecast the winner (esp. in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
Related terms: bias
6. [ noun ] something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
Synonyms: deterrent balk impediment baulk check hindrance
Related terms: difficulty obstacle drag albatross straitjacket bind obstruct
Similar spelling:   handicapper