1. physically or mentally impaired, injured, or incapacitated.


  1. (used with a plural verb) physically or mentally impaired persons (usually preceded by the): Ramps have been installed at the entrances to accommodate the disabled.


    1. lacking one or more physical powers, such as the ability to walk or to coordinate one’s movements, as from the effects of a disease or accident, or through mental impairment
    2. (as collective noun; preceded by the)the disabled

adj.“incapacitated,” 1630s, past participle adjective from disable. Earlier it meant “legally disqualified” (mid-15c.). adj.

  1. Impaired, as in physical functioning.


  1. Physically impaired people considered as a group. Often used with the.

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