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physical handicap

noun
1.
loss of or failure to develop a specific bodily function or functions, whether of movement, sensation, coordination, or speech, but excluding mental impairments or disabilities
Derived Forms
physically handicapped, adjective
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  • There is no doubt of the physical handicap borne by a child who is possessed of them.

    Adenoids and Diseased Tonsils Margaret Cobb Rogers
  • He had the physical handicap of a bad ankle to overcome, and his general build has always been slight.

    Famous Flyers David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • Besides, it was quite plain that, with unconscious cruelty, his physical handicap made him unacceptable to them.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She could understand that instinctive man's pride which recoiled from any tolerant recognition of a physical handicap.

    The Hermit of Far End Margaret Pedler

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