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Definition of handicapped adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (becoming old-fashioned) (sometimes offensive)
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  1. 1suffering from a mental or physical handicap synonym disabled a visually handicapped child The accident left him physically handicapped. see also mentally handicapped
  2. 2the handicapped noun [plural] people who are handicapped a school for the physically handicapped Which Word?disabled / handicapped Disabled is the most generally accepted term to refer to people with a permanent illness or injury that makes it difficult for them to use part of their body completely or easily. Handicapped is slightly old-fashioned and many people now think it is offensive. People also now prefer to use the word disability rather than handicap. The expression people with disabilities is often preferred to the disabled or disabled people because it focuses more on the person and less on the disability. Disabled and disability can be used with other words to talk about a mental condition:mentally disabled learning disabilities If someone’s ability to hear, speak, or see has been damaged but not destroyed completely, they have impaired hearing/speech/sight (or vision). They can be described as visually/hearing impaired or partially sighted:The museum has special facilities for blind and partially sighted visitors.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: handicapped