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handicapped (adj.)

"disabled," 1915, past-participle adjective from handicap (v.). Originally especially of children. Meaning "handicapped persons generally" is attested by 1958.

updated on August 07, 2012

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Definitions of handicapped from WordNet
1
handicapped (n.)
people collectively who are crippled or otherwise physically handicapped;
Synonyms: disabled
2
handicapped (adj.)
having restricted mental or physical functioning as a consequence of injury or illness;
Synonyms: disabled
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