Definitions for handicap
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disability, disablement, handicap, impairmentnoun
the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness
"reading disability"; "hearing impairment"
advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicapverb
something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
disable, invalid, incapacitate, handicapverb
"He was disabled in a car accident"
attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
handicap, hinder, hamperverb
put at a disadvantage
"The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"
a physical or mental disability of the body which makes normal human activities more difficult or impossible; as, his deformed leg was a major handicap in walking.
any disadvantage that makes an activity more difficult or impossible; as, insufficient capital was a big handicap in competing against Microsoft.
An allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race (or other contest of skill) to the competitor possessing disadvantages; or an additional weight or other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the chances of success.
The disadvantage itself, in particular physical or mental disadvantages of people.
A race, for horses or men, or any contest of agility, strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize the chances of the competitors.
An old game at cards. - Pepys
To encumber with a handicap in any contest.
To place at disadvantage.
The candidate was heavily handicapped.
To estimate betting odds.
Grandpa Andy would buy the racing form the day ahead of time so he could handicap the race before he even arrived at the track.
Etymology: From hand in cap, in reference to holding the game stakes in a cap.
A handicap is a condition or situation that makes progress, success, or achievement difficult, often referring to a physical or mental disadvantage or disability that restricts a person's abilities in certain areas. In sports and games, it refers to an advantage or disadvantage imposed on a participant or team for the purpose of equalizing chances of winning.
an allowance of a certain amount of time or distance in starting, granted in a race to the competitor possessing inferior advantages; or an additional weight or other hindrance imposed upon the one possessing superior advantages, in order to equalize, as much as possible, the chances of success; as, the handicap was five seconds, or ten pounds, and the like
a race, for horses or men, or any contest of agility, strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize the chances of the competitors
an old game at cards
to encumber with a handicap in any contest; hence, in general, to place at disadvantage; as, the candidate was heavily handicapped
Etymology: [From hand in cap; -- perh. in reference to an old mode of settling a bargain by taking pieces of money from a cap.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
hand′i-kap, v.t. to impose special disadvantages or impediments upon in order to offset advantages, and make a better contest—in a horse-race the superior horse carries a heavier weight, while foot-runners are placed at different distances, or start at different times: (fig.) to place at a disadvantage by some burden or disability.—n. any contest so adjusted, or the condition imposed.—n. Hand′icapper, one who handicaps. [Hand in the cap, from the usage in an ancient kind of sport and method of settling a bargain by arbitration.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'handicap' in Nouns Frequency: #2340
The numerical value of handicap in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of handicap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Nothing can be called failure until you accept it as such. You can transmute all past failures and mistakes into assets. Adversity is Nature's method of disciplining people to learn to take possession of their own minds. Greatest blessings often come from the greatest adversities. Study yourself carefully and you may discover that your own emotions are your greatest handicap in the business of accurate thinking.
[These are] things we don’t even think about, in a home that has been constructed with complete handicap accessibility these things are standard, but right now we’re chasing a moving target and trying to get ahead of it. But over time, we’ll see if we have enough capital to push this forward in a serious way.
What's Mike Davis' handicap ?
If he were to have severe handicaps, we are convinced that is not at all what Jules would want, we talked about it. He told us that if one day he had an accident like Michael Schumacher's, even if his only handicap was not being able to drive, he would have a lot of difficulty living with it. Because it was his life.
The plan is the answer we need to confront the main handicap of the European economy: the lack of investment.
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- Behinderung, VorsprungGerman
- discapacidad, minusvalíaSpanish
- vamma, tasoituskilpailu, haitta, tasoitusFinnish
- fötlun, forgjöfIcelandic
- fory, upośledzeniePolish
- недостаток, увечье, фора, гандикапRussian
- engel, özürTurkish
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