adjective Date: 1891 sometimes offensive having a physical or mental disability; also of or reserved for handicapped persons <
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  • handicapped — han·di·capped adj: having a disability that substantially limits a major life activity (as caring for oneself, working, or having sensory functions) Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. handicapped …   Law dictionary

  • handicapped — (adj.) disabled, 1915, pp. adjective from HANDICAP (Cf. handicap) (v.). Originally especially of children. Meaning handicapped persons generally is attested by 1958 …   Etymology dictionary

  • handicapped — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having a handicap. USAGE In the middle decades of the 20th century handicapped was the standard term used in reference to people with physical and mental disabilities. However by the 1980s it had been superseded, in British English …   English terms dictionary

  • Handicapped — Hand i*capped (h[a^]nd [i^]*k[a^]pt), a. suffering from a handicap (in senses 4 or 5); disabled; at a disadvantage. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • handicapped — adjective 1 having serious difficulty using part of your body or mind fully because of injury or damage: physically/mentally handicapped: mentally handicapped children | visually handicapped (=blind or partly blind) 2 the handicapped people who… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • handicapped — [[t]hæ̱ndikæpt[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is handicapped has a physical or mental disability that prevents them living a totally normal life. I m going to work two days a week teaching handicapped kids to fish... Alex was mentally handicapped. N …   English dictionary

  • handicapped — hand|i|capped [ˈhændikæpt] adj old fashioned 1.) if someone is handicapped, a part of their body or their mind has been permanently injured or damaged. Some people think that this word is offensive ▪ a special school for mentally handicapped… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • handicapped — /han dee kapt /, adj. 1. physically or mentally disabled. 2. (of a contestant) marked by, being under, or having a handicap: a handicapped player. n. 3. (used with a pl. v.) handicapped persons collectively (usually prec. by the): increased job… …   Universalium

  • handicapped — adj. VERBS ▪ be, be born ▪ Steven was born severely handicapped. ▪ leave sb ▪ An accident at birth left him badly handicapped. ADVERB …   Collocations dictionary

  • Handicapped — Handicap Hand i*cap, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Handicapped} ( k[a^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Handicapping}.] To encumber with a handicap in any contest; hence, in general, to place at disadvantage; as, the candidate was heavily handicapped. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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