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disadvantage

[dis-uh d-van-tij, -vahn-] /ˌdɪs ədˈvæn tɪdʒ, -ˈvɑn-/
noun
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:
His bad temper is a disadvantage.
4.
injury to interest, reputation, credit, profit, etc.; loss:
Your behavior is a disadvantage to your family's good name.
verb (used with object), disadvantaged, disadvantaging.
5.
to subject to disadvantage:
I was disadvantaged by illness.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English disavauntage < Anglo-French; Old French desavantage. See dis-1, advantage
Synonyms
1. drawback, inconvenience, hindrance. 4. detriment, hurt, harm, damage.
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Examples for disadvantages
  • Conduct a discussion about the advantages and disadvantages of renewable and nonrenewable sources of energy.
  • Students also learn the advantages and disadvantages of different modes of transportation.
  • Ask them to explain the advantages and disadvantages of drawing a map at this close-up level.
  • Ask them what the advantages and disadvantages are of living along a river.
  • While some gardeners prefer them, containers also have their disadvantages.
  • There are benefits and what some may consider disadvantages of organic and inorganic fertilizers.
  • But as an energy alternative, hydrogen peroxide has disadvantages, including the amount of energy required to produce it.
  • The disadvantages non-fiction writers must overcome are legion.
  • Writer tells how it works, mentions the advantages and disadvantages, and describes the mechanics of a typical film projector.
  • Being freelance has big disadvantages, but one of the advantages is not having to punch in at an office.
British Dictionary definitions for disadvantages

disadvantage

/ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒ/
noun
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)
verb
4.
(transitive) to put at a disadvantage; handicap
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Word Origin and History for disadvantages

disadvantage

n.

late 14c., disavauntage, from Old French desavantage (13c.), from des- (see dis-) + avantage (see advantage).

v.

1530s, from disadvantage (n.). Related: Disadvantaged; disadvantaging.

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