physically or mentally disabled.
(of a contestant) marked by, being under, or having a handicap: a handicapped player.
(used with a plural verb) handicapped persons collectively (usually preceded by the ): increased job opportunities for the handicapped.

1910–15; handicap + -ed3

multihandicapped, adjective
nonhandicapped, adjective
unhandicapped, adjective

See cripple.
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a race or other contest in which certain disadvantages or advantages of weight, distance, time, etc., are placed upon competitors to equalize their chances of winning.
the disadvantage or advantage itself.
any disadvantage that makes success more difficult: The main handicap of our business is lack of capital.
a physical or mental disability making participation in certain of the usual activities of daily living more difficult.
verb (used with object), handicapped, handicapping.
to place at a disadvantage; disable or burden: He was handicapped by his injured ankle.
to subject to a disadvantageous handicap, as a competitor of recognized superiority.
to assign handicaps to (competitors).
to attempt to predict the winner of (a contest, especially a horse race), as by comparing past performances of the contestants.
to assign odds for or against (any particular contestant) to win a contest or series of contests: He handicapped the Yankees at 2-to-1 to take the series from the Cardinals.

1640–50; 1870–75 for def 8; orig. hand i' cap hand in cap, referring to a drawing before a horse race

nonhandicap, noun
overhandicap, verb (used with object), overhandicapped, overhandicapping.
prehandicap, noun, verb (used with object), prehandicapped, prehandicapping.

5. hinder, impede, cripple, incapacitate.

5. aid, assist, help.
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handicap (ˈhændɪˌkæp)
1.  something that hampers or hinders
2.  a.  a contest, esp a race, in which competitors are given advantages or disadvantages of weight, distance, time, etc, in an attempt to equalize their chances of winning
 b.  the advantage or disadvantage prescribed
3.  golf the number of strokes by which a player's averaged score exceeds the standard scratch score for the particular course: used as the basis for handicapping in competitive play
4.  any physical disability or disadvantage resulting from physical, mental, or social impairment or abnormality
vb , -caps, -capping, -capped
5.  to be a hindrance or disadvantage to
6.  to assign a handicap or handicaps to
7.  to organize (a contest) by handicapping
8.  (US), (Canadian)
 a.  to attempt to forecast the winner of (a contest, esp a horse race)
 b.  to assign odds for or against (a contestant)
[C17: probably from hand in cap, a lottery game in which players drew forfeits from a cap or deposited money in it]

handicapped (ˈhændɪˌkæpt)
1.  physically disabled
2.  psychol denoting a person whose social behaviour or emotional reactions are in some way impaired
3.  (of a competitor) assigned a handicap
usage  Nowadays the use of the word handicapped to describe people with disabilities is generally considered inappropriate. It is preferable to refer to someone as having a disability and to talk about people with disabilities

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Word Origin & History

c.1653, from hand in cap, a game whereby two bettors would engage a neutral umpire to determine the odds in an unequal contest. The bettors would put their hands holding forfeit money into a hat or cap. The umpire would announce the odds and the bettors would withdraw their hands -- hands full meaning
that they accepted the odds and the bet was on, hands empty meaning they did not accept the bet and were willing to forfeit the money. If one forfeited, then the money went to the other. If both agreed on either forfeiting or going ahead with the wager, then the umpire kept the money as payment. The custom, though not the name, is attested from 14c. Reference to horse racing is 1754 (Handy-Cap Match), where the umpire decrees the superior horse should carry extra weight as a "handicap;" this led to sense of "encumbrance, disability" first recorded 1890. The verb sense of "equalize chances of competitors" is first recorded 1852, but is implied in the horse-race sense. Meaning "put at a disadvantage" is 1864. The main modern sense, "disability," is the last to develop; handicapped (adj.) is 1915.
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handicap hand·i·cap (hān'dē-kāp')
A physical, mental, or emotional condition that interferes with one's normal functioning.

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Example sentences
For the sighted, it's a chance to better appreciate the daily struggles of the
  blind and visually handicapped.
But inside buildings they are handicapped, calling for alternate approaches.
The sensors you can buy, and even the actuators are in the handicapped market.
Giving the more-or-less handicapped people access to this tech will not stand
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