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noun [C or U]     /ˌdɪs.ədˈvɑːn.tɪdʒ/ US  /-ˈvæn.t̬ɪdʒ/
B1 a condition or situation that causes problems , especially one which causes something or someone to be less successful than other things or people : One disadvantage of living in the town is the lack of safe places for the children to play . We need to consider whether the disadvantages of the plan outweigh the advantages .Advantage and disadvantage at a disadvantage C2 in a situation in which you are less likely to succeed than others : He's at a disadvantage being so shy . This new law places /puts poorer families at a distinct disadvantage.Advantage and disadvantage disadvantageous     /ˌdɪsˌæd.vənˈteɪ.dʒəs/ US  /-væn-/ adjective Advantage and disadvantage
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