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 (hăn′dē-kăpt′) Usage Problem
1. Physically or mentally disabled: a pool equipped for handicapped swimmers.
2. Intended for people who have a disability: a handicapped parking space.
n. (used with a pl. verb)
People who have a disability considered as a group. Often used with the.
Usage Note: Although handicapped is widely used in both law and everyday speech to refer to people having physical or mental disabilities, those described by the word tend to prefer the expressions disabled or people with disabilities. Handicapped may imply a helplessness that is not suggested by the more forthright disabled. It is also felt that some stigma may attach to the word handicapped because of its origin in the phrase hand in cap, actually derived from a game of chance but sometimes mistakenly believed to involve the image of a beggar. See Usage Note at disabled.


1. (Medicine) physically disabled
2. (Psychology) psychol denoting a person whose social behaviour or emotional reactions are in some way impaired
3. (Individual Sports, other than specified) (of a competitor) assigned a handicap
Usage: Nowadays the use of the word handicapped to describe people with disabilities is generally considered inappropriate. It is preferable to refer to someone as having a disability and to talk about people with disabilities


(ˈhæn diˌkæpt)
usage: See cripple.

1. physically or mentally disabled.
2. (of a contestant) marked by, being under, or having a handicap.
3. the handicapped, handicapped persons collectively.



Someone who is disabled has an illness, injury or condition that restricts the way they can live, especially by making it difficult for them to move about.

There are many practical problems encountered by disabled people in the workplace.

Some people use handicapped with this meaning, but many people find this offensive.

The most sensitive ways of referring to people with a restricting physical condition are to call them people with disabilities or people with special needs.

Those who will gain the most are people with disabilities and their carers.
Employers should pay for the training of young people with special needs.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.handicapped - people collectively who are crippled or otherwise physically handicappedhandicapped - people collectively who are crippled or otherwise physically handicapped; "technology to help the elderly and the disabled"
people - (plural) any group of human beings (men or women or children) collectively; "old people"; "there were at least 200 people in the audience"
the halt - (archaic) lame persons collectively; "the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind"--Luke 14:21
Adj.1.handicapped - incapable of functioning as a consequence of injury or illness
unfit - not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition; "fat and very unfit"; "certified as unfit for army service"; "drunk and unfit for service"


adjective disabled, impaired, invalid, incapacitated, infirm financial help for visually handicapped workers
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A. ADJ mentally handicappedmentalmente discapacitado, psíquicamente disminuido
physically handicappedminusválido, (físicamente) discapacitado
to be mentally/physically handicappedtener una discapacidad mental/física, ser (un) discapacitado mental/físico
B. N the handicappedlos minusválidos, los discapacitados
the mentally handicappedlos discapacitados mentales, los disminuidos psíquicos


adj (= disabled) → handicapé(e)
mentally handicapped → handicapé(e) mentalement
physically handicapped → handicapé(e) physiquement
the handicapped (= the disabled) → les handicapés mpl


[ˈhændɪˌkæpt] adjhandicappato/a, portatore/trice di handicap


(ˈhӕndikӕp) noun
1. something that makes doing something more difficult. The loss of a finger would be a handicap for a pianist.
2. (in a race, competition etc) a disadvantage of some sort (eg having to run a greater distance in a race) given to the best competitors so that others have a better chance of winning.
3. a race, competition etc in which this happens.
4. (a form of) physical or mental disability. children with physical handicaps.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈhandicapped
to make something (more) difficult for. He wanted to be a pianist, but was handicapped by his deafness.
ˈhandicapped adjective
He is physically handicapped and cannot walk; a handicapped child.


مُعَاق postižený handicappet behindert ανάπηρος discapacitado, minusválido vammainen handicapé hendikepiran disabile 障害のある 장애가 있는 gehandicapt handikappet upośledzony deficiente неполноценный funktionshindrad พิการ özürlü tàn tật 残疾的


(ant) V. disabled.
References in classic literature ?
He was so handicapped by illiteracy and by his trusting disposition that he would be an easy prey to sharpers.
If he had stepped in there and used his eyes, instead of his disordered mind, he could have cured the well by natural means, and then turned it into a miracle in the customary way; but no, he was an old numskull, a magician who believed in his own magic; and no magician can thrive who is handicapped with a superstition like that.
No doubt I am handicapped by a certain respectful homage which I always feel involuntarily to any one in the shape of woman, for anything savouring of respect is the last thing to win the bar-maid heart divine.
He was handicapped in his flight by the weight of the girl whose legs would but scarce bear her weight, to say nothing of maintaining her in rapid flight, for the tightly drawn bonds that had been about her ankles for so long had stopped circulation and partially paralyzed her extremities.
Then 1870 - and chivalrous response to adopted country's call and again emptiness, the chafing of a proud spirit without aim and handicapped not exactly by poverty but by lack of fortune.
Tess really wished to walk uprightly, while her father did nothing of the kind; but she resembled him in being content with immediate and small achievements, and in having no mind for laborious effort towards such petty social advancement as could alone be effected by a family so heavily handicapped as the once powerful d'Urbervilles were now.
The difficulty which had always handicapped him hitherto--namely, the poverty of the vocabularies of those in the servants' quarters--was now removed.
The fact that we were compelled to maintain utter secrecy has handicapped us terribly.
The beast bad been handicapped but little by his splinted leg; but having eaten he lay down and com-menced to gnaw at the bandage.
Seeing that they stood without advancing, and realizing that, handicapped as he was by the weight of the she, he could put up but a poor battle, Taglat elected to risk a sudden break for liberty.
But the little cabin and the land-locked harbor were many long, weary marches away, and he was handicapped by the duty which he felt he owed to the two figures walking in the clearing before him.
But out of his native element the ape-man was too greatly handicapped to do more than excite the monster to greater speed as it dragged its prey swiftly through the water.