Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An unfavorable condition or circumstance.
  • n. Something that places one in an unfavorable condition or circumstance.
  • n. Damage or loss, especially to reputation or finances; detriment.
  • transitive v. To put at a disadvantage; hinder or harm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A weakness or undesirable characteristic; a con.
  • n. A setback or handicap.
  • v. To place at a disadvantage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Deprivation of advantage; unfavorable or prejudicial quality, condition, circumstance, or the like; that which hinders success, or causes loss or injury.
  • n. Loss; detriment; hindrance; prejudice to interest, fame, credit, profit, or other good.
  • transitive v. To injure the interest of; to be detrimental to.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Absence or deprivation of advantage; that which prevents success or renders it difficult; any unfavorable circumstance or condition: as, the disadvantage of poverty or imperfect education.
  • n. Loss; injury; prejudice to interest, reputation, credit, profit, or other good: as, to sell goods to disadvantage.
  • n. Synonyms Detriment, injury, hurt, harm, damage, prejudice, drawback.
  • To hinder or embarrass; do something prejudicial or injurious to; put at disadvantage.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
  • n. the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position

Etymologies

Middle English disavauntage, from Old French desavantage : des-, dis- + avantage, advantage; see advantage.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English disavauntage, from Old French desavantage (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I think the main disadvantage is the mess insided the deer when you field dress it.

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  • The main disadvantage is the installation cost, which is considerably more than a tank heater.

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  • While the advantage of having such in depth background knowledge would normally be a full appreciation of details (and range of opinions), the disadvantage is they can sway policy solely based on the opinion of a single person (themselves) and throw up a technical smokescreen to strengthen their case.

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  • Another disadvantage is the fact that because a girl has spent so much time and money to get a degree she doesn't want to marry right after graduatuion but first spends some time working at a career and paying back her debts.

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  • 1 Includes variants - so the number of occurrences for the term disadvantage, for example would also include occurrences of the terms disadvantaged, disadvantages, disadvantaging...

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  • FB Connect’s main disadvantage is Facebook itself.

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  • Its disadvantage is that it is complex, takes a long time write, with always the possibility that other life happenings will eventually interfere with its timely completion, or simply that the author loses motivation to finish it, with other ideas and projects coming to seem more interesting.

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  • We'll follow up tomorrow with a more detailed first impression of the Nook Color, particularly focusing on readability — or lack thereof — which has been the main disadvantage with LCD-screen (non e-paper) e-book readers (Ratings available to subscribers). —

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  • If someone gets caught in a chasm of a few years period where they have not invested and embraced new technology, they could be at a massive disadvantage from a profit and loss perspective.

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  • The disadvantage is that I would have to purchase motors, a controller for the motors, and software separately.

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