disadvantage

[dis-uhd-van-tij, -vahn-]
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; Middle English disavauntage < Anglo-French; Old French desavantage. See dis-1, advantage


1. drawback, inconvenience, hindrance. 4. detriment, hurt, harm, damage.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To disadvantages
Collins
World English Dictionary
disadvantage (ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒ)
 
n
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)
 
vb
4.  (tr) to put at a disadvantage; handicap

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

disadvantage
late 14c., from Fr. desavantage (13c.); see dis- + advantage. The verb is attested from 1530s, from the noun.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences
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.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature