What does disability mean?

Definitions for disability
ˌdɪs əˈbɪl ɪ tidis·abil·i·ty

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word disability.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. disability, disablement, handicap, impairment(noun)

    the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness

    "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"


  1. disability(Noun)

    State of being disabled; deprivation or want of ability; absence of competent physical, intellectual, or moral power, means, fitness, and the like.

    Etymology: Circa 1570 .

  2. disability(Noun)

    Want of legal qualification to do a thing; legal incapacity or incompetency.

    Etymology: Circa 1570 .

  3. disability(Noun)

    Regular payments received by a disabled person, usually from the state

    Etymology: Circa 1570 .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disability(noun)

    state of being disabled; deprivation or want of ability; absence of competent physical, intellectual, or moral power, means, fitness, and the like

  2. Disability(noun)

    want of legal qualification to do a thing; legal incapacity or incompetency


  1. Disability

    Disability is the consequence of an impairment that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these. A disability may be present from birth, or occur during a person's lifetime. An individual may also qualify as disabled if he/she has had an impairment in the past or is seen as disabled based on a personal or group standard or norm. Such impairments may include physical, sensory, and cognitive or developmental disabilities. Mental disorders and various types of chronic disease may also qualify as disabilities. Some advocates object to describing certain conditions as "disabilities", arguing that it is more appropriate to consider them developmental differences that have been unfairly stigmatized by society.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. disability

    State of being disabled; want of competent physical or intellectual power. When a soldier becomes disabled from exposure, accidents, or other causes, he is discharged from the service on a surgeon’s certificate of disability, which enables him to draw a pension.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disability' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4743

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'disability' in Nouns Frequency: #1718

How to pronounce disability?

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How to say disability in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of disability in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of disability in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of disability in a Sentence

  1. Duckhee Lee:

    People made fun of (me) because of the disability and said (I) shouldnt be playing.

  2. Justin Gallegos:

    Yes, I had accommodations in school, yes, I had to go to therapy and doctor's appointments and meetings in school to address my disability. But at home, my parents treated me like I was a normal kid. The mentality in my home, it was never,' Oh, my kid has a disability. We need to look for handouts, or whatever should we do ?' I think the reason I am where I am today is because of my parents. They don't look for excuses, and they treated me like my disability wasn't there.

  3. Cristina Martin Firvida:

    I don’t know why this had to be done on Day One, it makes it much less likely that we ’ll deal with the disability problem until the lame duck session - and that wo n’t provide a good result for American taxpayers.

  4. Marine Corporal Dan Lasko:

    It's amazing! When I'm swimming I can feel the propulsion. I mean, it feels like I'm back to normal, i already have my fellow wounded warriors asking where they can get this device. There's absolutely no reason why any disability should hold you back from what you want to do.

  5. Ebony Harris:

    We’re not trying to bash the nail salon, we’re not trying to make them lose customers, make them look bad, but maybe, spread awareness that no matter the person, who they are, what color they are, disability, whatever, they’re people too. She’s a girly girl. She’s just like you, me, Tasia, my daughter, anybody. She wants to look pretty, you know, and so why can’t she?

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Translations for disability

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  • عجزArabic
  • неправоспособност, неспособност, недъгавостBulgarian
  • postiženíCzech
  • BehinderungGerman
  • incapacidad, discapacidadSpanish
  • pension d'invalidité, handicap, infirmité, invaliditéFrench
  • հաշմանդամությունArmenian
  • disabilitasIndonesian
  • 身体障害Japanese
  • неспособност, инвалидитетMacedonian
  • нетрудоспособность, неспособность, инвалидность, бессилие, неправоспособностьRussian
  • sakatlıkTurkish

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