Disability etymology


English word disability comes from English -ity, English disable

Etymology of disability

Detailed word origin of disability

Dictionary entry Language Definition
-ity English (en) Used to form a noun from an adjective; especially, to form the noun referring to the state, property, or quality of conforming to the adjective's description.. Used to form other nouns, especially abstract nouns.
disable English (en) (obsolete) Lacking ability; unable. (chiefly, of a person) To impair the physical or mental abilities of; to cause a serious, permanent injury.. (transitive) To render unable; to take away an ability of.. To deactivate a function of an electronical or mechanical device.
disability English (en) (uncountable, informal) Regular payments received by a disabled person, usually from the state. A mental condition causing a difficulty with an intellectual task.. State of being disabled; deprivation or want of ability; absence of competent physical, intellectual, or moral power, means, fitness, and the like.. Want of legal qualification to do a thing; legal incapacity or incompetency.

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