(noun) “[A] reduction in one’s ability to perform everyday tasks; the World Health Organization notes that this is a social limitation” (OpenStax College 2012).

Example: Blindness or deafness

Audio Pronunciation: (dis·a·bil·i·ty)

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Usage Notes:

  • Plural: disabilities
  • A person with a disability is considered disabled.
  • Also called:
    • disablement
    • handicap
    • impairment

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OpenStax College. 2012. Health in the United States. Connexions, May 18, 2012. (http://cnx.org/content/m42931/1.2/).