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WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
(dis ā′bəld), adj.
- (used with a pl. v.) persons who are crippled, injured, or incapacitated (usually prec. by the):Ramps have been installed at the entrances to accommodate the disabled.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
disabled /dɪˈseɪbəld/ adj
- 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
- (as collective noun; preceded by the): the disabled
Nowadays it is better to refer to people with physical disabilities of various kinds by describing the specific difficulty in question rather than talking about the disabled as a group, which is considered somewhat offensive. Some people also object to the word disabled to refer to facilities for people with disabilites, and prefer the word accessible
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