adjective[with submodifier or in combination]
- 1(Used euphemistically) impaired or disabled in a specified respect: physically challengedMore example sentences
- This year, around 1,500 physically challenged children would be given special education aids as a separate budgetary allocation has been made for the purpose.
- Yet we tend to stick physically challenged people in front of the tube, where they can spend hours watching sexually explicit material that has very little to do with their reality.
- In short, this society is a very inconvenient place for physically and mentally challenged people.
- 1.1 • informal Lacking or deficient in a specified respect: vertically challenged today’s attention-challenged teensMore example sentences
- ‘One queue for the rich and another much longer one for the poor,’ says the intellectually challenged minister for local government.
- I keep trying, maybe one day I'll get the secret, until then you'll just have to put up with this poorly constructed, grammatically inept, syntax challenged journal.
- But again I damn my inexplicable vertically challenged self for not being able to reach it.
The use with a preceding adverb, e.g., physically challenged, originally intended to give a more positive tone than such terms as disabled or handicapped, arose in the US in the 1980s. Despite the originally serious intention, the term rapidly became stalled by uses whose intention was to make fun of the attempts at euphemism and whose tone was usually clearly ironic: examples include cerebrally challenged (not very smart), follicularly challenged (bald or balding), vertically challenged (short), etc.
More definitions of challengedDefinition of challenged in:
- The British & World English dictionary