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



    BrE BrE//ˈhændikæpt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhændikæpt//
    (becoming old-fashioned, sometimes offensive) Mental and emotional problems
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  1. 1suffering from a mental or physical handicap synonym disabled a visually handicapped child The accident left him physically handicapped. Steven was born severely handicapped. special equipment for visually handicapped children see also mentally handicapped See related entries: Mental and emotional problems
  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 disabled people is often preferred to the disabled because it sounds more personal. Disabled and disability can be used with other words to talk about a mental condition:mentally disabled learning disabilities. If somebody’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 American Dictionary entry: handicapped