The disabled


physically or mentally impaired, injured, or incapacitated.
(used with a plural verb) physically or mentally impaired persons (usually preceded by the ): Ramps have been installed at the entrances to accommodate the disabled.

1625–35; disable + -ed2

nondisabled, noun, adjective
semidisabled, adjective
undisabled, adjective

See cripple. Unabridged
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disabled (dɪˈseɪbəld)
a.  lacking one or more physical powers, such as the ability to walk or to coordinate one's movements, as from the effects of a disease or accident, or through mental impairment
 b.  (as collective noun; preceded by the): the disabled
usage  Nowadays it is better to refer to people with physical disabilities of various kinds by describing the specific difficulty in question rather than talking about the disabled as a group, which is considered somewhat offensive. Some people also object to the word disabled to refer to facilities for people with disabilites, and prefer the word accessible.

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from dis- "do the opposite of" (see dis-) + pp. of ablen (v.) "to make fit." Related: Disabled.
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Medical Dictionary

disabled dis·a·bled (dĭs-ā'bəld)
Impaired, as in physical functioning. n.
Physically impaired people considered as a group. Often used with the.

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