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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 the-handicapped

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 the-handicapped

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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