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English definition of “disability”

disability

noun [C or U]     /ˌdɪs.əˈbɪl.ɪ.ti/ US  /-ə.t̬i/
B2 an illness, injury, or condition that makes it difficult for someone to do the things that other people do: a physical/learning disability She is deaf, but refuses to let her disability prevent her from doing what she wants to do. Trying to change attitudes to disability is an uphill struggle. → Compare inabilityHandicap and the disabled
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