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"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   us   /ˌdɪsəˈbɪləti/
[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. 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 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)
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…
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“disability” in Business English

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