• WordNet 3.6
    • v disadvantage put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm "This rule clearly disadvantages me"
    • n disadvantage the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Disadvantage Deprivation of advantage; unfavorable or prejudicial quality, condition, circumstance, or the like; that which hinders success, or causes loss or injury. "I was brought here under the disadvantage of being unknown by sight to any of you.""Abandoned by their great patron, the faction henceforward acted at disadvantage ."
    • Disadvantage Loss; detriment; hindrance; prejudice to interest, fame, credit, profit, or other good. "They would throw a construction on his conduct, to his disadvantage before the public."
    • v. t Disadvantage To injure the interest of; to be detrimental to.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n disadvantage Absence or deprivation of advantage; that which prevents success or renders it difficult; any unfavorable circumstance or condition: as, the disadvantage of poverty or imperfect education.
    • n disadvantage Loss; injury; prejudice to interest, reputation, credit, profit, or other good: as, to sell goods to disadvantage.
    • n disadvantage Synonyms Detriment, injury, hurt, harm, damage, prejudice, drawback.
    • disadvantage To hinder or embarrass; do something prejudicial or injurious to; put at disadvantage.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Disadvantage dis-ad-vant′āj want of advantage: what is unfavourable to one's interest: loss: injury
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  • Nero Wolfe
    Nero Wolfe
    “Nothing is more admirable than the fortitude with which millionaires tolerate the disadvantages of their wealth.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
    “Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side.”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “The only disadvantage of an honest heart is credulity.”
  • Paul Burton
    Paul Burton
    “There has to be positive action that allows the most disadvantaged people to get their fair share of job opportunities.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “That is the whole secret of successful fighting. Get your enemy at a disadvantage; and never, on any account, fight him on equal terms.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. désavantager,


In literature:

This is why, when some storm of feeling sweeps across the country, art is under a disadvantage.
"Creative Unity" by Rabindranath Tagore
To live the life of a bachelor has many advantages and many disadvantages.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
It has advantages over pulverized limestone, stone-lime, and pulverized lime, and there are disadvantages.
"Crops and Methods for Soil Improvement" by Alva Agee
There are reasons why I always feel myself at a disadvantage with Aunt Caroline.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
He was also taught in some branches of household carpentry work, which proved of no disadvantage to him in the end.
"Ups and Downs in the Life of a Distressed Gentleman" by William L. Stone
The advantages and disadvantages of the aged.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
She had no relatives to interfere, and a cruel disadvantage was taken of her helplessness and poverty.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
The most candid and thoughtful of the class will allow that as a community they labour under great disadvantages.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
He had explained this disadvantage to Hamilton at various times, but the Houssa stolidly refused to remember the fact.
"Bones" by Edgar Wallace
Hence the olefiant gas laboured under a disadvantage.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall

In news:

Construction industry a big winner in federal small disadvantaged business procurement.
Last year, only 5% of federal contract dollars went to small disadvantaged businesses.
Metro approves agreement to hire more ' disadvantaged ' workers.
States expand ' disadvantaged ' category to address racial gap.
Holiday events benefit sick and disadvantaged children.
Firms run by white women identified as " disadvantaged business enterprises" expected to work on the Central Corridor.
Boy Scouts to start new pack for local disadvantaged students.
EdPowerment enabling education in disadvantaged communities in Tanzania.
For-Profit Colleges Serve Disadvantaged Students.
The FATHER Project, sponsored by Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota, fills a sore need, empowering disadvantaged dads.
A program to help disadvantaged children prepare for school will remain intact next year in the Northern Lehigh School District.
Economically disadvantaged mom put pressure on herself to help her children succeed.
Brick and mortar stores' disadvantage of having to collect sales tax.
The disadvantages of being educated.
Socioeconomically disadvantaged students were about half as likely to pass as their non-disadvantaged counterparts.

In science:

In spite of its numerous successes, this approach has several disadvantages.
Randomness on the Lattice
This approach has the disadvantage of space explosion.
From Syntactic Theories to Interpreters: A Specification Language and Its Compilation
One disadvantage of this formalism, however, is that the target space supersymmetry of the theory is difficult to show explicitly.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
This definition, however, has one ma jor disadvantage: while it is fairly easy to calculate it cannot be measured experimentally.
A Simple and Convenient Measure of NMR Rotor Fidelity
The trivial solution has the disadvantage of negative pressure.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity