Disadvantage Dis`ad*van"tage, v. t. [Cf. F. d['e]savantager.] To injure the interest of; to be detrimental to. [1913 Webster]

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  • Disadvantage — Dis ad*van tage (?; 48, 61), n. [Cf. F. d[ e]savantage.] 1. Deprivation of advantage; unfavorable or prejudicial quality, condition, circumstance, or the like; that which hinders success, or causes loss or injury. [1913 Webster] I was brought… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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