Synonyms of handicap


1. disability, disablement, handicap, impairment, unfitness, softness

usage: the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"

2. handicap, advantage, vantage

usage: advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning

3. hindrance, hinderance, deterrent, impediment, balk, baulk, check, handicap, difficulty

usage: something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress


1. disable, invalid, incapacitate, handicap, injure, wound

usage: injure permanently; "He was disabled in a car accident"

2. handicap, bias

usage: attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant

3. handicap, hinder, hamper, disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour

usage: put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"

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