[dis-uhd-van-tij, -vahn-]
absence or deprivation of advantage or equality.
the state or an instance of being in an unfavorable circumstance or condition: to be at a disadvantage.
something that puts one in an unfavorable position or condition: His bad temper is a disadvantage.
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.
to subject to disadvantage: I was disadvantaged by illness.

1350–1400; Middle English disavauntage < Anglo-French; Old French desavantage. See dis-1, advantage

1. drawback, inconvenience, hindrance. 4. detriment, hurt, harm, damage.
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disadvantage (ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒ)
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)
4.  (tr) to put at a disadvantage; handicap

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from Fr. desavantage (13c.); see dis- + advantage. The verb is attested from 1530s, from the noun.
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