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handicapped

[han-dee-kapt] /ˈhæn diˌkæpt/
adjective
1.
Sometimes Offensive. physically or mentally disabled.
2.
of or designed for handicapped people:
handicapped parking.
3.
Sports. (of a competitor) marked by, being under, or having a handicap:
a handicapped player.
noun
4.
(used with a plural verb) Sometimes Offensive. handicapped persons collectively (usually preceded by the):
increased job opportunities for the handicapped.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; handicap + -ed3
Related forms
multihandicapped, adjective
nonhandicapped, adjective
unhandicapped, adjective
Usage note
See cripple.
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British Dictionary definitions for multihandicapped

handicapped

/ˈhændɪˌkæpt/
adjective
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 note
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 and History for multihandicapped

handicapped

adj.

"disabled," 1915, past participle adjective from handicap (v.). Originally especially of children. Meaning "handicapped persons generally" is attested by 1958.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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