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disability

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EtymologyEdit

Circa 1570 disable +‎ -ity.

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NounEdit

disability (usually uncountable, plural disabilities)

  1. State of being disabled; deprivation or want of ability; absence of competent physical, intellectual, or moral power, means, fitness, and the like.
    • (Can we date this quote?), John Milton
      Grossest faults, or disabilities to perform what was covenanted.
    • (Can we date this quote?), George Bancroft
      Chatham refused to see him, pleading his disability.
  2. Want of legal qualification to do a thing; legal incapacity or incompetency.
  3. (uncountable, informal) Regular payments received by a disabled person, usually from the state
    I had to go on disability after the accident.
    Did you get your disability this month?

Usage notesEdit

  • Disability and inability: Inability is an inherent want of power to perform the thing in question; disability arises from some deprivation or loss of the needed competency. One who becomes deranged is under a disability of holding his estate; and one who is made a judge, of deciding in his own case. A man may decline an office on account of his inability to discharge its duties; he may refuse to accept a trust or employment on account of some disability prevents him from entering into such engagements.

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