- The definition of a disadvantage is an unfavorable situation or something that puts someone in an unfavorable situation.
- An example of a disadvantage is a baseball player not being able to play.
- An example of a disadvantage is a baseball team's star player having to sit out because of an injury.
- an unfavorable situation or circumstance; drawback; handicap
- loss or injury, as to reputation or credit; detriment
Origin of disadvantageMiddle English disavauntage ; from Old French desavantage: see dis- and amp; advantage
at a disadvantage
- An unfavorable condition or position: students who are at a disadvantage because they don't own computers.
- Something that places one in an unfavorable condition or position: A disadvantage to living there is that you'd have no access to public transportation.
- Damage or loss, especially to reputation or finances; detriment: High gasoline prices have worked to the company's disadvantage.
transitive verbdis·ad·van·taged, dis·ad·van·tag·ing, dis·ad·van·tag·es
Origin of disadvantageMiddle English disavauntage, from Old French desavantage : des-, dis- + avantage, advantage; see advantage.
(third-person singular simple present disadvantages, present participle disadvantaging, simple past and past participle disadvantaged)
- To place at a disadvantage.
- They fear it might disadvantage honest participants to allow automated entries.
From Middle English disavauntage, from Old French desavantage