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Definition 1: advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning - [noun denoting attribute]

(handicap is a kind of ...) the quality of having a superior or more favorable position

"the experience gave him the advantage over me"

(... is a kind of handicap ) (games) a handicap or disadvantage that is imposed on a competitor (or a team) for an infraction of the rules of the game

(... is a kind of handicap ) (golf) a handicap of zero strokes

"a golfer who plays at scratch should be able to achieve par on a course"

Definition 2: something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress - [noun denoting cognition]

Synonyms for handicap in the sense of this definition

(handicap is a kind of ...) a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result

"serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"

(... is a kind of handicap ) (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps

"she was an albatross around his neck"

(... is a kind of handicap ) something that hinders as if with bonds

(... is a kind of handicap ) (canon law) an impediment that invalidates a marriage (such as the existence of a prior marriage)

(... is a kind of handicap ) something that slows or delays progress

"taxation is a drag on the economy" "too many laws are a drag on the use of new land"

(... is a kind of handicap ) something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted

"lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement" "the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education" "the filibuster was a major obstruction to the success of their plan"

(... is a kind of handicap ) anything immaterial that severely hinders or confines

"they defected because Russian dance was in a straitjacket" "the government is operating in an economic straitjacket"

Definition 3: the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness - [noun denoting state]

Samples where handicap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • reading disability
  • hearing impairment

Synonyms for handicap in the sense of this definition

(handicap is a kind of ...) poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)

(... is a kind of handicap ) a leg bowed outward at the knee (or below the knee)

(... is a kind of handicap ) outward curvature of the legs

(... is a kind of handicap ) disability in which the toes are turned inward; often associated with knock-knee

(... is a kind of handicap ) an inward slant of the thigh

(... is a kind of handicap ) impairment of tactile sensitivity; decrease of sensitivity

(... is a kind of handicap ) the slipping or falling out of place of an organ (as the uterus)

(... is a kind of handicap ) impairment of the sense of sight

(... is a kind of handicap ) impairment of the sense of smell

(... is a kind of handicap ) impairment of the sense of hearing

(... is a kind of handicap ) a condition of disability resulting from the loss of one or more limbs

(... is a kind of handicap ) inability to stand due to muscular incoordination

(... is a kind of handicap ) a disability that interferes with or prevents walking

(... is a kind of handicap ) an impairment of language (especially speech production) that is usually due to brain damage

(... is a kind of handicap ) absence of an orgasm in sexual relations

(... is a kind of handicap ) a loss (or serious disruption) of organization in some system

"a disintegration of personality"

Definition 4: injure permanently - [verb of body]

Samples where handicap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He was disabled in a car accident

Synonyms for handicap in the sense of this definition

(handicap is a kind of ...) cause injuries or bodily harm to

(... is a kind of handicap ) disable by cutting the hock

Definition 5: put at a disadvantage - [verb of competition]

Samples where handicap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements

Synonyms for handicap in the sense of this definition

(handicap is a kind of ...) put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm

"This rule clearly disadvantages me"

Definition 6: attempt to forecast the winner (especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant - [verb of competition]

(handicap is a kind of ...) influence in an unfair way

"you are biasing my choice by telling me yours"

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