disability
dis·abil·i·ty n pl -ties
1: inability to pursue an occupation because of a physical or mental impairment; specif: inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity because of a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that can be expected to result in death or to be of long continued or indefinite duration in accordance with the Social Security Act see also benefit; americans with disabilities act in the important laws section compare incapacity, occupational disease
2: lack of legal qualification to do something
a minor's disability

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

disability
I (legal disqualification) noun disablement, impairment, invalidation, invalidity, legal incapacity, unfitness, unqualification, unqualifiedness, unsuitability, unsuitableness, unsuitedness, want of legal capacity, want of legal qualification foreign phrases:
- Contra non valentem agere nulla currit praescriptio. — No prescription runs against a person who is unable to act.
II (physical inability) noun affliction, ailment, debilitation, debility, deterioration, disablement, disorder, disqualification, feebleness, frailty, handicap, helplessness, illness, impairment, impotence, impotency, inability, inability to work, inadequacy, incapability, incapacitation, incapacity, incompetence, incompetency, indisposition, ineffectiveness, ineffectuality, ineffectualness, inefficacy, inefficiency, infirmity, insufficiency, malady, powerlessness, sickness, unfitness, unsoundness, weakness associated concepts: complete disability, continuous disability, disability benefits, disability compensation, disability insurance, general disability, medical disability, mental disability, partial disability, physical disability, proof of disability, temporary disability, total disability III index detriment, disadvantage, disease, disorder (abnormal condition), disqualification (factor that disqualifies), handicap, impediment, impuissance, inability, incapacity, inefficacy, pain

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


disability
Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, disability means physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on the employee's ability to carry out normal day to day activities.

Easyform Glossary of Law Terms. — UK law terms.


disability
n.
A physical or mental condition that prevents someone from performing certain acts; lack of legal capacity, caused by a condition such as infancy or insanity; see also Americans with Disabilities Act; workers’ compensation

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


disability
1) For purposes of antidiscrimination law, a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
2) A legal impediment to taking a certain action, such as being a minor who cannot legally enter into a contract.
Category: Employment Law & HR → Employee Rights
Category: Employment Law & HR → Human Resources

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

disability
Under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on an individual's ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities in one of the following ways: mobility, manual dexterity, physical co-ordination, continence, ability to lift, carry or move everyday objects, speech, hearing or eyesight, memory or ability to concentrate, learn or understand, understanding of the risk of physical danger. The effect must be long lasting (that is have lasted for 12 months or likely to last 12 months). An effect that is likely to recur is treated as continuing for this purpose.
+ disability
USA
As defined under Title I and Title V of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12101-12113, any of the following:
• A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of an individual.
• A record of a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities of an individual.
• Being regarded as having such an impairment.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


disability
n. An injury or medical condition that interferes with an individual's ability to perform one or more of the functions of daily life or of work; a legal status that prevents an individual from exercising one or more of a citizen's rights.
@ civil disability
Italian The status of an individual who has had one or more legal rights (such as the right to vote or to drive) revoked as a result of the conviction of a crime.
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Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


disability
The lack of competent physical and mental faculties; the absence of legal capability to perform an act.
The term disability usually signifies an incapacity to exercise all the legal rights ordinarily possessed by an average person. Convicts, minors, and incompetents are regarded to be under a disability.
The term is also used in a more restricted sense when it indicates a hindrance to marriage or a deficiency in legal qualifications to hold office.
The impairment of earning capacity; the loss of physical function resulting in diminished efficiency; the inability to work.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


disability
The lack of competent physical and mental faculties; the absence of legal capability to perform an act.
 
The term disability usually signifies an incapacity to exercise all the legal rights ordinarily possessed by an average person. Convicts, minors, and incompetents are regarded to be under a disability.
 
The term is also used in a more restricted sense when it indicates a hindrance to marriage or a deficiency in legal qualifications to hold office.
 
The impairment of earning capacity; the loss of physical function resulting in diminished efficiency; the inability to work.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

disability
n.
   1) a condition which prevents one from performing all usual physical or mental functions. This usually means a permanent state, like blindness, but in some cases is temporary. In recent times society and the law have dictated that people with disabilities should be accommodated and encouraged to operate to their maximum potential and have the right to participate in societal and governmental activity without impediments. Hence, access by ramps, elevators, special parking places and other special arrangements have become required in many states.
   2) a legal impediment, including being a minor who can- not make a contract, or being insane or incompetent.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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