1. Deprivation of advantage; unfavorable or prejudicial quality, condition, circumstance, or the like; that which hinders success, or causes loss or injury.
I was brought here under the disadvantage of being unknown by sight to any of you. --Burke.
Abandoned by their great patron, the faction henceforward acted at disadvantage. --Palfrey.
2. Loss; detriment; hindrance; prejudice to interest, fame, credit, profit, or other good.
They would throw a construction on his conduct, to his disadvantage before the public. --Bancroft.
Syn: -- Detriment; injury; hurt; loss; damage.
Dis·ad·van·tage, v. t. To injure the interest of; to be detrimental to.
n : the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
v : put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm; "This rule clearly
disadvantages me" [syn: disfavor, disfavour] [ant: advantage]