Definition of disadvantage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsədˈvæntɪdʒ//
[countable, uncountable]
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something that causes problems and tends to stop somebody/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 transport. 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 scheme far outweighed the disadvantages. Many children in the class suffered severe social and economic disadvantage. opposite advantage Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French desavantage, from des- (expressing reversal) + avantage ‘advantage’.Extra examples Competition has its disadvantages. Despite these disadvantages, many older people maintain an active social life. Each plan has its own advantages and disadvantages. Lack of qualifications is an obvious disadvantage. Some students were at an unfair disadvantage. The fact that he didn’t speak a foreign language put him at a disadvantage. The fog was giving them a tactical disadvantage. The plan’s advantages outweigh the disadvantages. The present system has the disadvantage that nobody really understands how it works. There are disadvantages in using this treatment. There are disadvantages to all those approaches. There was no reason for her to feel at a disadvantage. These requirements will have to be standardized if some banks are not to suffer a competitive disadvantage. This change in the law will be to the disadvantage of small companies. This put them at a crippling cost disadvantage. We were at a distinct disadvantage compared with children from richer families. another disadvantage for the night-worker the disadvantage experienced by older people in the workplace the inherent disadvantage that low-income communities face the problems of racial disadvantage and poverty I hope my lack of experience won’t be to my disadvantage. I was at a disadvantage compared with the younger members of the team.

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