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disadvantageous

Line breaks: dis|ad¦van|ta¦geous
Pronunciation: /ˌdɪsadv(ə)nˈteɪdʒəs
 
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Definition of disadvantageous in English:

adjective

Involving or creating unfavourable circumstances that reduce the chances of success or effectiveness: the new employment scheme is disadvantageous to women
More example sentences
  • Michael had nearly been killed in that battle, possibly because of the disadvantageous circumstances under which the battle was fought.
  • Reduced fruit set after a hurricane could be especially disadvantageous because hurricanes can create sites for plant recruitment.
  • However, they have long been in a disadvantageous and vulnerable position due to their status and restrictive regulations.
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disadvantageously

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adverb
Example sentences
  • This is discriminatory: to discriminate against members of a group of people just is to treat them disadvantageously compared to members of other groups, when there's no adequate justification for doing so.
  • But we had no evidence that a scheme like that described in clause 3, ‘Overview’, will actually change anything in New Zealand advantageously, and there is every likelihood that it will change things disadvantageously.
  • The plight of gallant, Catholic little Belgium, invaded by a militaristic aggressor, was disadvantageously compared with Ireland, achieving freedom (so Redmond argued) within the British Empire, rather like Canada or Australia.

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