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