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handicapped British & World English

(Of a person) having a condition that markedly restricts their ability to function physically, mentally, or socially

handicapped English Thesaurus

See disabled

handicapped New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

in British English prefer disabled or, in reference to mental disability, having learning difficulties or learning-disabled; still acceptable in American English

handicapped in handicap British & World English

Act as an impediment to

handicapped in challenged New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

uses as an alternative to disabled or handicapped (e.g. physically challenged) have gained little currency; found only in humorous contexts (e.g. vertically challenged)

handicapped in differently abled New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

proposed as an alternative to disabled, handicapped, etc. but has gained little currency

handicapped in disabled New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

as an adjective, the standard term: prefer to crippled, defective, or handicapped; has not been replaced by coinages such as differently abled or physically challenged. Do not use as a noun (the disabled)

mentally handicapped British & World English

(Of a person) having very limited intellectual functions

mental defective New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

dated and offensive: express otherwise, e.g. in terms of ‘learning difficulties’


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