Definition of disability in English:

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Pronunciation: /dɪsəˈbɪlɪti/

noun (plural disabilities)

1A physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities: children with severe physical disabilities [mass noun]: differing types of disability
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  • It pays for equipment and holidays to help improve the lives of children with physical and mental disabilities in the York area.
  • It permitted specified doctors to put to death those suffering from grave mental or physical disabilities.
  • Recipients include community groups, nursing homes, and people with physical disabilities.
condition, disorder, affliction, ailment, complaint, illness, malady, disease;
disablement, incapacity, infirmity;
special needs;
learning difficulties, learning disability
often offensive handicap, abnormality, defect, impairment
2A disadvantage or handicap, especially one imposed or recognized by the law: the plaintiff was under a disability
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  • The fact that the defendant is under a disability is, in the end, it seems to me, a neutral point.
  • It was necessary for him to show that he was under a disability on and from the date of the accident.
  • The Supreme Court said that the objective was to wipe out disabilities imposed by Hindu shastras.
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