Definition of handicapped in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhandēˌkapt/


1often offensive Having a condition that markedly restricts one’s ability to function physically, mentally, or socially: a special school for handicapped children (as plural noun the handicapped) a home for the handicapped
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  • Being developmentally handicapped made Jared special, and raising Jared presented Marie and her family members with one challenge after another.
  • Some also grant that crossbow use during archery season would be acceptable if limited to physically handicapped shooters.
  • ‘We do work closely with groups of disabled people and handicapped people, and we welcome children from Branshaw special school, so we are doing our bit,’ he added.
disabled, incapacitated, disadvantaged, crippled;
infirm, invalid
euphemistic physically challenged, differently abled
1.1 [attributive] North American Relating to or specifically designed for people with a physical or mental disability: organizers have created handicapped access in the form of wheelchair ramps


Handicapped and handicap were the standard terms used to refer to a person’s mental or physical disability for much of the 20th century. This began to change in the 1980s, and disabled and disability are now the more common and preferred terms, though handicapped is still frequently used in phrases such as handicapped-accessible and handicapped parking. See also learning disability (usage).

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Syllabification: hand·i·capped

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