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 Dictionary entry overview: What does disability mean? 

  The noun DISABILITY has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: DISABILITY used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


disability; disablement; handicap; impairment

Context examples:

reading disability / hearing impairment

Hypernyms ("disability" is a kind of...):

bad condition; poor shape; softness; unfitness (poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "disability"):

bowleg; genu varum; tibia vara (a leg bowed outward at the knee (or below the knee))

pigeon toes (disability in which the toes are turned inward; often associated with knock-knee)

genu valgum; knock-knee; tibia valga (an inward slant of the thigh)

hypesthesia; hypoesthesia (impairment of tactile sensitivity; decrease of sensitivity)

descensus; prolapse; prolapsus (the slipping or falling out of place of an organ (as the uterus))

vision defect; visual defect; visual disorder; visual impairment (impairment of the sense of sight)

dysomia (impairment of the sense of smell)

hearing disorder; hearing impairment (impairment of the sense of hearing)

amputation (a condition of disability resulting from the loss of one or more limbs)

astasia (inability to stand due to muscular incoordination)

disability of walking (a disability that interferes with or prevents walking)

dysphasia (an impairment of language (especially speech production) that is usually due to brain damage)

anorgasmia (absence of an orgasm in sexual relations)

bandy legs; bow leg; bow legs (outward curvature of the legs)

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