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1. An unfavorable condition or position: students who are at a disadvantage because they don't own computers.
2. Something that places one in an unfavorable condition or position: A disadvantage to living there is that you'd have no access to public transportation.
3. Damage or loss, especially to reputation or finances; detriment: High gasoline prices have worked to the company's disadvantage.
tr.v. dis·ad·van·taged, dis·ad·van·tag·ing, dis·ad·van·tag·es
To put at a disadvantage; hinder or harm.

[Middle English disavauntage, from Old French desavantage : des-, dis- + avantage, advantage; see advantage.]
Synonyms: disadvantage, detriment, drawback, handicap
These nouns denote a condition, circumstance, or characteristic unfavorable to success: Poor health is a disadvantage to athletes. The lack of a parking lot has been a detriment to the museum. Every job has its drawbacks. Illiteracy is a serious handicap in life.
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1. an unfavourable circumstance, state of affairs, thing, person, etc
2. injury, loss, or detriment
3. an unfavourable condition or situation (esp in the phrase at a disadvantage)
(tr) to put at a disadvantage; handicap
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(ˌdɪs ədˈvæn tɪdʒ, -ˈvɑn-)

n., v. -taged, -tag•ing. n.
1. absence or deprivation of advantage or equality.
2. the state or an instance of being in an unfavorable circumstance or condition: to be at a disadvantage.
3. something that puts one in an unfavorable position or condition: A bad temper is a disadvantage.
4. injury to interest, reputation, credit, profit, etc.; loss.
5. to subject to disadvantage.
[1350–1400; < Old French desavantage. See dis-1, advantage]
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behind the eightball At a disadvantage; in a jam or difficult situation. Originally American, this expression is said to have come from the game of Kelly pool. In one variation of this game, all the balls except the black eightball must be pocketed in a certain order. If, in the course of play, another ball strikes the eightball, the player is penalized. Thus, a player finding the eightball between the cueball and the one he intends to pocket is indeed in a disadvantageous position. John O’Hara used the phrase in Appointment in Samarra (1934):

You get signing checks for prospects down at the country club, and you wind up behind the eightball.

get the short end of the stick See VICTIMIZATION.

have two strikes against one To be at a disadvantage, and thus have less chance of successfully reaching one’s goal or following through with one’s plans. This expression comes from baseball, where a batter has three chances to hit a ball in the strike zone. Sometimes this expression alludes to a disadvantage over which one has no control, such as one’s sex, race, or ethnic background.

on the hip At a disadvantage, in an extremely vulnerable or helpless position, over a barrel. There is some dispute as to whether this expression derived from hunting or from wrestling. The wrestling theory seems more plausible and is supported by the OED. The phrase, now archaic, dates from the latter half of the 15th century. It appeared in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice:

If I can catch him once upon the hip,
I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. (I, iii)

play with loaded dice To undertake a project or other matter in which the odds are against success; to have little chance. Literally, loaded dice are those which have been fraudulently weighted to increase the chances of throwing certain combinations—usually losing ones—in craps or other games of chance. Figuratively, then, to play with loaded dice is to engage in some undertaking in which the odds are fixed so that there is little chance of success. A related expression, play with a stacked deck, has the same implications and refers to cheating by stacking a deck of cards, i.e., arranging them in a certain order to force a desired result.

suck the hind teat See VICTIMIZATION.

underdog A person in an inferior position; one who is expected to be defeated in a race, election, etc.; a dark horse. This expression may allude to a canine skirmish, in which both dogs vie for the more advantageous top position. The familiar phrase, while retaining its sense of an unlikely victor in a competition, is often used today to describe the victim of social conventions, government bureaucracy, and other virtually omnipotent institutions.

The mission of the Democratic party is to fight for the under-dog. (Daily Chronicle, June, 1892)

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Past participle: disadvantaged
Gerund: disadvantaging

I disadvantage
you disadvantage
he/she/it disadvantages
we disadvantage
you disadvantage
they disadvantage
I disadvantaged
you disadvantaged
he/she/it disadvantaged
we disadvantaged
you disadvantaged
they disadvantaged
Present Continuous
I am disadvantaging
you are disadvantaging
he/she/it is disadvantaging
we are disadvantaging
you are disadvantaging
they are disadvantaging
Present Perfect
I have disadvantaged
you have disadvantaged
he/she/it has disadvantaged
we have disadvantaged
you have disadvantaged
they have disadvantaged
Past Continuous
I was disadvantaging
you were disadvantaging
he/she/it was disadvantaging
we were disadvantaging
you were disadvantaging
they were disadvantaging
Past Perfect
I had disadvantaged
you had disadvantaged
he/she/it had disadvantaged
we had disadvantaged
you had disadvantaged
they had disadvantaged
I will disadvantage
you will disadvantage
he/she/it will disadvantage
we will disadvantage
you will disadvantage
they will disadvantage
Future Perfect
I will have disadvantaged
you will have disadvantaged
he/she/it will have disadvantaged
we will have disadvantaged
you will have disadvantaged
they will have disadvantaged
Future Continuous
I will be disadvantaging
you will be disadvantaging
he/she/it will be disadvantaging
we will be disadvantaging
you will be disadvantaging
they will be disadvantaging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been disadvantaging
you have been disadvantaging
he/she/it has been disadvantaging
we have been disadvantaging
you have been disadvantaging
they have been disadvantaging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been disadvantaging
you will have been disadvantaging
he/she/it will have been disadvantaging
we will have been disadvantaging
you will have been disadvantaging
they will have been disadvantaging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been disadvantaging
you had been disadvantaging
he/she/it had been disadvantaging
we had been disadvantaging
you had been disadvantaging
they had been disadvantaging
I would disadvantage
you would disadvantage
he/she/it would disadvantage
we would disadvantage
you would disadvantage
they would disadvantage
Past Conditional
I would have disadvantaged
you would have disadvantaged
he/she/it would have disadvantaged
we would have disadvantaged
you would have disadvantaged
they would have disadvantaged
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.disadvantage - the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
liability - the quality of being something that holds you back
unfavorableness, unfavourableness - the quality of not being encouraging or indicative of success
limitation - the quality of being limited or restricted; "it is a good plan but it has serious limitations"
shortcoming, defect - a failing or deficiency; "that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information"
nuisance value, awkwardness - the quality of an embarrassing situation; "he sensed the awkwardness of his proposal"
deprivation, loss - the disadvantage that results from losing something; "his loss of credibility led to his resignation"; "losing him is no great deprivation"
drawback - the quality of being a hindrance; "he pointed out all the drawbacks to my plan"
penalty - the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition; "neglected his health and paid the penalty"
unfavorable position, inferiority - the quality of being a competitive disadvantage
inexpedience, inexpediency - the quality of being unsuited to the end in view
unprofitability, unprofitableness - the quality of affording no gain or no benefit or no profit
advantage, vantage - the quality of having a superior or more favorable position; "the experience gave him the advantage over me"
Verb1.disadvantage - put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm; "This rule clearly disadvantages me"
hamper, handicap, hinder - put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"
discriminate, single out, separate - treat differently on the basis of sex or race
prejudice - disadvantage by prejudice
advantage - give an advantage to; "This system advantages the rich"
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1. drawback, trouble, burden, weakness, handicap, liability, minus (informal), flaw, hardship, nuisance, snag, inconvenience, downside, impediment, hindrance, privation, weak point, fly in the ointment (informal) They suffer the disadvantage of having been political exiles.
drawback benefit, advantage, merit, convenience
2. harm, loss, damage, injury, hurt, prejudice, detriment, disservice An attempt to prevent an election would be to their disadvantage.
harm help, benefit, aid, profit, gain, advantage, convenience
1. handicap, limit, restrict, hamstring, hamper, hold back, hinder, retard, impede, hobble, place at a disadvantage Competition could reduce liquidity and disadvantage some investors.
at a disadvantage exposed, vulnerable, wide open, unprotected, defenceless, open to attack, assailable Children from poor families were at a distinct disadvantage.
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An unfavorable condition, circumstance, or characteristic:
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A. Ndesventaja f, inconveniente m
to sb's disadvantageperjudicial para algn
to the disadvantage ofen perjuicio or detrimento de
to be at a disadvantageestar en desventaja, estar en una situación desventajosa
this put him at a disadvantageesto lo dejó en situación desventajosa
B. VTperjudicar
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[ˌdɪsədˈvæntɪdʒ ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒ] ndésavantage m, inconvénient m
to be at a disadvantage → être désavantagé(e)
to be to sb's disadvantage, to work to sb's disadvantage → désavantager qn
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nNachteil m; (= detriment also)Schaden m; to be at a disadvantagebenachteiligt or im Nachteil sein; he felt at a disadvantageer fühlte sich benachteiligt; to put somebody at a disadvantagejdn benachteiligen; to show oneself at a disadvantagesich von einer ungünstigen or unvorteilhaften Seite zeigen; it would be to your disadvantagees wäre zu Ihrem Nachteil
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[ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒ] nsvantaggio
to be to sb's disadvantage → tornare a svantaggio or sfavore di qn
to be at a disadvantage → essere svantaggiato/a
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(disədˈvaːntidʒ) noun
something which makes a difficulty or which is an unfavourable circumstance. There are several disadvantages to this plan.
disadvantageous (disӕdvənˈteidʒəs) adjective
at a disadvantage
in an unfavourable position. His power was strengthened by the fact that he had us all at a disadvantage.
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عَيْب nevýhoda ulempe Nachteil μειονέκτημα desventaja haitta inconvénient nedostatak svantaggio 不利 불리 nadeel ulempe niekorzyść desvantagem недостаток nackdel ข้อเสีย dezavantaj sự bất lợi 劣势
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n. desventaja; alguna capacidad disminuida.
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n inconveniente m, desventaja
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