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Meaning of disadvantage

dis•ad•van•tage

Pronunciation: (dis"ud-van'tij, -vän'-), [key]
— n., v., -taged, -tag•ing.
—n.
  1. absence or deprivation of advantage or equality.
  2. the state or an instance of being in an unfavorable circumstance or condition: to be at a disadvantage.
  3. something that puts one in an unfavorable position or condition: His bad temper is a disadvantage.
  4. injury to interest, reputation, credit, profit, etc.; loss: Your behavior is a disadvantage to your family's good name.
—v.t.
  1. to subject to disadvantage: I was disadvantaged by illness.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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