Pronunciation: (dis"ud-van'tij, -vän'-), [key]
—n., v., -taged, -tag•ing.
1. absence or deprivation of advantage or equality.
2. the state or an instance of being in an unfavorable circumstance or condition: to be at a disadvantage.
3. something that puts one in an unfavorable position or condition: His bad temper is a disadvantage.
4. injury to interest, reputation, credit, profit, etc.; loss: Your behavior is a disadvantage to your family's good name.
to subject to disadvantage: I was disadvantaged by illness.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.