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Circa 1570 disable +‎ -ity.

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  • IPA(key): /dɪsəˈbɪlɪti/
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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.[1]
  2. A mental condition causing a difficulty with an intellectual task.
    Dyscalculia is math disability.
  3. (disability theory) An inability imposed on a person by society's failure to accommodate their physical or mental differences from others, as opposed to impairment.
    Synonym: handicap
  4. Want of legal qualification to do a thing; legal incapacity or incompetency.[1]
  5. (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?

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    Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
    (See the entry for disability”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)