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Definition of 'handicap'


  1. the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"
       Synonyms: disability disablement impairment
  2. advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
  3. something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
       Synonyms: hindrance hinderance deterrent impediment balk baulk check


  1. injure permanently; "He was disabled in a car accident"
       Synonyms: disable invalid incapacitate
  2. attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
  3. put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"
       Synonyms: hinder hamper

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