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handicapped

adjective uk   us   /ˈhæn.dɪ.kæpt/ old-fashioned
not able to use part of your body or your mind because it has been damaged or does not work normally. This word is now considered offensive by many people, who prefer to say someone is disabled or has a disability: What's the best way of improving theatre access for people who are physically handicapped?

handicapped

noun [plural] uk   us   /ˈhæn.dɪ.kæpt/ old-fashioned
the handicapped people who cannot use part of their body or mind because it has been damaged or does not work normally. This word is now considered offensive by many people, who prefer to say disabled people or people with disabilities.
(Definition of handicapped from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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