Definition of challenged adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtʃælɪndʒd//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃælɪndʒd//
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(used with an adverb) a way of referring to somebody who has a disability of some sort a competition for physically challenged athletes (humorous) I'm financially challenged at the moment (= I have no money). Challenged was intended to be a polite way of referring to somebody with a disability but it soon came to be used in a humorous way and is now no longer considered very polite.
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