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What is another word for handicap?

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A physical or mental condition that restricts a person's ability to function
“Whether an individual is born with a visual handicap or acquires one later in life, he or she may still aspire to a challenging and fulfilling career with proper rehabilitation.”
A circumstance that makes progress or success difficult
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“A rapid turnover of teachers is a handicap to progress in the program.”
Something or someone that is likely to be disadvantageous
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“The Lions are starting with a considerable handicap, having already lost Brent Moloney to a calf injury.”
An advantage given, especially to a competitor in sports
“The forecast is that we go with the locals with a favorable handicap of +3.5 points.”
A fine or financial penalty that is imposed as a form of punishment
To act as an impediment or burden to
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“And, more importantly, it may be a decision that could handicap the sponsor's future development efforts.”
To cause physical or bodily damage or injury to
To cause to become physically weaker
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To put down or control by cruelty or force
To put at an unfair disadvantage
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