Disadvantage meaning

dĭsəd-văntĭj
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.

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An unfavorable condition or position.

Students who are at a disadvantage because they don't own computers.

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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.

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Loss or injury, as to reputation or credit; detriment.
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To act to the disadvantage of.
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My height is a disadvantage for reaching high shelves.

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Loss; detriment; hindrance.
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To place at a disadvantage.

They fear it might disadvantage honest participants to allow automated entries.

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A weakness or undesirable characteristic; a con.

The disadvantage to owning a food processor is that you have to store it somewhere.

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An unfavorable situation or circumstance; drawback; handicap.
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To put at a disadvantage; hinder or harm.
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Damage or loss, especially to reputation or finances; detriment.

High gasoline prices have worked to the company's disadvantage.

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at a disadvantage
  • In an unfavorable situation (for doing something).
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

at a disadvantage

Origin of disadvantage

  • Middle English disavauntage from Old French desavantage des- dis- avantage advantage advantage

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English disavauntage, from Old French desavantage

    From Wiktionary