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[han-dee-kapt] /ˈhæn diˌkæpt/

Sometimes Offensive. physically or mentally disabled.
of or designed for handicapped people:
handicapped parking.
Sports. (of a competitor) marked by, being under, or having a :
a handicapped player.
(used with a plural verb) Sometimes Offensive. handicapped persons collectively (usually preceded by the):
increased job opportunities for the handicapped.
physically disabled
(psychol) denoting a person whose social behaviour or emotional reactions are in some way impaired
(of a competitor) assigned a handicap

“disabled,” 1915, past participle adjective from handicap (v.). Originally especially of children. Meaning “handicapped persons generally” is attested by 1958.


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