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Paralympic Syllabification: Par·a·lym·pic
Pronunciation: /ˌperəˈlimpik/

Definition of Paralympic in English:


Relating to the Paralympic Games: on Tuesday more than 200 Paralympic athletes from 50 nations will battle it out in track and field events
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  • In the Paralympics, athletes are classified according to type and degree of category, and the system of categories is known to be open to errors.
  • The Paralympics classify athletes based on ability and severity of their physical handicap.
  • The trials in February are to identify those riders who have potential to compete in the Paralympics.


1950s: blend of paraplegic (see paraplegia) and Olympic.

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