Definition of disadvantage noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

disadvantage

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˌdɪsədˈvæntɪdʒ//
 
[countable, uncountable]
 
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 something that causes problems and tends to stop someone or something from succeeding or making progress a serious/severe/considerable disadvantage disadvantage (of something) One major disadvantage of the area is the lack of public transportation. disadvantage (to something) There are disadvantages to the plan. What's the main disadvantage? I was at a disadvantage compared to the younger members of the team. The fact that he didn't speak a foreign language put him at a distinct disadvantage. I hope my lack of experience won't be to my disadvantage. The advantages of the plan far outweighed the disadvantages. Many children in the class suffered severe social and economic disadvantages. opposite advantage
disadvantageverbdisadvantage somebody/something
 
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Some healthcare plans may disadvantage women.