disability


disability
   a limiting mental or physical condition
   Literally, the fact of being rendered incapable, or disabled, but the two words have for so long been standard English that we forget there is normally no suggestion that the condition has been wilfully brought about:
    The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990 extended the same legal protections... to an estimated 43 million disabled Americans. {Chicago Tribune, 20 May, 1991)
    Since the term 'disability' can include a former addiction to cocaine, marijuana etc., this means that an employer cannot enquire into past use of drugs, even for jobs such as airline pilots. (Sunday Telegraph, 6 March 1994)

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