Meaning of “disability” in the English Dictionary

"disability" in British English

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disabilitynoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌdɪs.əˈbɪl.ə.ti/ us /ˌdɪs.əˈbɪl.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.
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(Definition of “disability” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disability" in American English

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disabilitynoun [ C/U ]

us /ˌdɪs·əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/

a physical or mental condition that makes someone unable to act in a way that is considered usual for most people:

[ C ] The law bars discrimination against those with disabilities.
[ U ] The regulations apply to people unable to work because of disability.

(Definition of “disability” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"disability" in Business English

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disabilitynoun

uk /ˌdɪsəˈbɪləti/ us

[ C ] an illness, injury, or medical condition that makes it difficult for someone to do the things that other people do:

All service providers need to think about how they cater for customers with disabilities.
If the injury caused by the job does not qualify as a disability, the employer is not legally obliged to find the employee other work.
a physical/mental disability

[ U ] the state of having an illness, injury, or medical condition that makes it difficult to do the things that other people do:

The law prohibits workplace discrimination against employees because of disability, race, creed, color, sex, age, or national origin.
physical/mental disability

[ U ] US GOVERNMENT, FINANCE money that is paid by the government to someone who cannot work because of an illness, injury, or medical condition:

Terry used to work in a local factory but is now on disability because of an accident.
a disability check

(Definition of “disability” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)