What does disability mean?

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

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word disability.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. disability, disablement, handicap, impairmentnoun

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

    "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"


  1. disabilitynoun

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

  2. disabilitynoun

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

  3. disabilitynoun

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

  4. Etymology: Circa 1570.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Disabilitynoun

    Etymology: from disable.

    Our consideration of creatures, and attention unto scriptures, are not in themselves things of like disability to breed or beget faith. Richard Hooker, b. v. s. 22.

    Many withdrew themselves out of pure faintness, and disability to attend the conclusion. Walter Raleigh, Hist. World.

    He that knows most of himself, knows least of his knowledge, and the exercised understanding is conscious of its disability. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. 27.

    The ability of mankind does not lie in the impotency or disabilities of brutes. John Locke.

    A suit is commenced in a temporal court for an inheritance, and the defendant pleads in disability, that the plaintiff is a bastard. John Ayliffe, Parergon.

    It is true, indeed, that this disadvantage which the dissenters at present lie under, of a disability to receive church preferments, will be easily remedied by the repeal of the test. Jonathan Swift, Adv. Rep. Sacr. Test.


  1. Disability

    Disability is the experience of any condition that makes it more difficult for a person to do certain activities or have equitable access within a given society. Disabilities may be cognitive, developmental, intellectual, mental, physical, sensory, or a combination of multiple factors. Disabilities can be present from birth or can be acquired during a person's lifetime. Historically, disabilities have only been recognized based on a narrow set of criteria—however, disabilities are not binary and can be present in unique characteristics depending on the individual. A disability may be readily visible, or invisible in nature.


  1. disability

    Disability is a physical, mental, cognitive, or developmental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities. It may be present from birth or occur during a person's lifetime, and can significantly impact an individual's ability to function in various aspects of life including mobility, learning, communication, social interaction, or self-care.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Disabilitynoun

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

  2. Disabilitynoun

    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

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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. Daniel Belsky:

    This is not a game over moment. It’s more like game on, what we have now is a proof of concept — a methylation biomarker that shows faster aging in people we know to be at higher risk for disease, disability and death, and slower aging in people who we know to be at lower risk.

  2. Dustin Plunkett:

    When I was a kid, I was moving pretty much home to home, family member to family member, and nobody in my family knew how to support me because of my cleft palate and my intellectual disability.

  3. Rachel Miller:

    A person with a disability can feel hopeless and isolated, and I think that can happen to parents, too. Jeff probably saw that with us, john was never expected to be an athlete.

  4. Jeb Bush:

    When anybody, anybody, disparages people with disabilities, it sets me off, that's why I called him a jerk, because he disparaged a person who he knew had a disability and made fun of him. What kind of person would you want to have in the presidency that does that? Do you want a president that disparages women, Muslims of all kinds, people with disabilities, Hispanics?

  5. Alexis McGill Johnson:

    These severe restrictions on abortion access do nothing to address disability rights or discrimination, they only stigmatize abortion and shame the people that seek that care.

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Translations for disability

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  • عجزArabic
  • неправоспособност, недъгавост, неспособностBulgarian
  • postiženíCzech
  • BehinderungGerman
  • discapacidad, incapacidadSpanish
  • infirmité, pension d'invalidité, handicap, invaliditéFrench
  • հաշմանդամությունArmenian
  • disabilitasIndonesian
  • 身体障害Japanese
  • инвалидитет, неспособностMacedonian
  • нетрудоспособность, неспособность, инвалидность, бессилие, неправоспособностьRussian
  • sakatlıkTurkish

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