disability Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “disability” in the English Dictionary

"disability" in British English

See all translations

disabilitynoun [C or U]

uk   /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 ​changeattitudes to disability is an ​uphillstruggle.
Compare
More examples
(Definition of disability from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disability" in American English

See all translations

disabilitynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˌdɪs·əˈbɪl·ɪ·t̬i/
a ​physical or ​mentalcondition that makes someone ​unable to ​act in a way that is ​consideredusual for most ​people: [C] The ​lawbarsdiscrimination against those with disabilities. [U] The regulations ​apply to ​peopleunable to ​work because of disability.
(Definition of disability from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"disability" in Business English

See all translations

disabilitynoun

uk   us   /ˌdɪsəˈbɪləti/
[C] an illness, ​injury, or ​medicalcondition that makes it difficult for someone to do the things that other ​people do: All ​serviceproviders 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 ​legallyobliged to ​find the ​employee other ​work. a physical/mental disability
[U] the ​state of having an illness, ​injury, or ​medicalcondition that makes it difficult to do the things that other ​people do: The ​lawprohibitsworkplacediscrimination against ​employees because of disability, race, creed, color, sex, age, or ​nationalorigin. short-term/​long-term/​permanent disability physical/mental disability disability ​allowance/​claims/​compensation
[U] US GOVERNMENT, FINANCE money that is ​paid by the ​government to someone who cannot ​work because of an illness, ​injury, or ​medicalcondition: Terry used to ​work in a ​localfactory but is now on disability because of an accident. a disability ​check
(Definition of disability from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “disability”
in Arabic إعاقة…
in Korean 장애…
in Portuguese deficiência…
in Catalan discapacitat…
in Japanese 心身障害…
in Chinese (Simplified) 残疾,缺陷,残障…
in Turkish özürlülük, sakatlık…
in Russian инвалидность…
in Chinese (Traditional) 殘疾,缺陷,殘障…
in Italian invalidità…
in Polish niepełnosprawność, kalectwo…
What is the pronunciation of disability?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

golden

made of gold

Word of the Day