Adjective "handicapping" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A circumstance that makes progress or success difficult.
  1. 'One must keep in mind the primary handicap of human beings in such circumstances.'
  2. 'Mary explained that the biggest handicap for members is rain which makes it extremely difficult to keep the playing hand dry while pulling a caddy car at the same time.'
  3. 'Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Charlie Parker: all had to struggle against handicaps to become successful artists.'
  4. 'His huge mane may be a handicap that prevents him from helping the hunt, but in courtship size matters.'
  5. 'Such handicaps did nothing to dampen the spirits of the Silver Scot.'
  6. 'Although there was nothing to prevent him from practising surgery, the biggest handicap was the unavailability of basic infrastructural facilities.'
  7. 'These same handicaps account for Germany's lack of success in imperialist combinations and alliances.'
  8. 'Until the recall, he'd overcome this handicap by spotlighting his opponents' shortcomings.'
  9. 'It would make no sense to go forward in the Union with a self-imposed handicap which would reduce our effectiveness and our success.'
  10. 'Although there are many higher levels on which rebirth can be achieved, they are potentially a handicap to spiritual progress.'
A condition that markedly restricts a person's ability to function physically, mentally, or socially.
    A disadvantage imposed on a superior competitor in sports such as golf, horse racing, and competitive sailing in order to make the chances more equal.
    1. 'He plays off a golf handicap of 14, and is an avid GAA, soccer and rugby follower.'
    2. 'Golf handicaps have not gone down and golfers are not any less frustrated than they have ever been before.'
    3. 'Now aged 42, he lives in Carlow, plays golf off a handicap of 13, and commutes in his Jaguar every day to his office in ParkWest.'
    4. 'Only when they play with the hindrance of a handicap, as they did when Hearts were two up in Glasgow a fortnight back, is there any fun in it.'
    5. 'At first it was thought that Doug had tied Dene Mundy at 38 points, but after checking the new handicaps, it was found that he had won by a point.'
    6. 'Battling against painful odds to remain in the game the little genius still plays off a scratch handicap hoping to comeback to competitive golf.'
    7. 'In reality, this will probably mean improving his golf handicap of 21.'
    8. 'Twenty-four did not seem all that bad for a novice when I was awarded a handicap by those knowledgeable committeemen at Swinton Park Golf Club.'
    9. 'We are also affiliated to the Lancashire Union of Golf Clubs so handicaps can be obtained.'
    10. 'There is no doubt that this is a competitive handicap with plenty of dangers.'
    11. 'Trained at Newmarket by Michael Bell, Magic Rainbow showed some decent form in competitive handicaps last season.'
    12. 'That success was achieved in a handicap in which Lady Protector had gone down in a photo-finish 12 months earlier, so it was deserved compensation.'
    13. 'This time last year, Blueprint was winning one of the handicaps at the royal meeting but such has been his progress since then, the horse is likely to start as one of the favourites for what could be one of the best races of the week.'
    14. 'He lost out by a short head to Clever Consul in a competitive handicap, after losing a lot of ground at the start.'
    15. 'The same trainer and jockey joined forces yesterday to clinch a shock 50-1 success with Bagan in the curtain-raising handicap.'
    16. 'Trained at Lambourn by Lavinia Taylor, this six-year-old proved solidly progressive last season and wound-up by winning a valuable handicap at Ayr in April.'
    17. 'She followed a cantering success in a Roscommon handicap with a smooth victory in a conditions event at Leopardstown ten days ago.'
    18. 'At Ascot as recently as last Saturday, he won a competitive handicap by one and three-quarter lengths from Guinea Hunter.'
    19. 'It was the trainer's second victory in Europe's richest sprint handicap, following Wildwood Flower's success in 1997.'
    20. 'Prior to his Kempton success, the former also won a valuable Ascot handicap and his trainer feels the Lord Americo gelding is now ready to leave that company and step up in trip.'
    21. 'As well as new drivers, cars and teams, results from round one also will be affected by new race-by-race weight handicaps.'
    22. 'I am starting this exercise program with a handicap - I am carrying 80 extra pounds.'
    23. 'For the first time this year, the races in France will comply with the new distribution of weight handicaps in the FIA WTCC.'
    24. 'But trainers need jockeys who can compete on handicaps at weights considerably less than 9st, and it is a fearsome task to comply, even for fit athletes.'
    25. 'If a horse is given a high handicap, his chances of winning can be destroyed.'
    26. 'It came just four months after another BBC expose, Kenyon Confronts, used covert footage to show three trainers claiming horses could be prevented from winning certain races in order to lower handicaps.'
    27. 'Justice was fast, but Eagle was just a bit faster, even with my weight handicap.'
    28. 'The three-year-old absolutely trotted-up by five lengths at Pontefract last week, a victory which looks sure to earn him much more than 5lb extra in future handicaps.'
    29. 'he plays off a handicap of 10'
    30. 'Only John Emmerson managed to equal or better his handicap.'
    31. 'A lot of weekend practise saw Trevor bounce back to form, also beating his handicap on a day when the poor greens proved too difficult for most of the field.'
    32. 'It must have done wonders for his golf handicap.'
    33. '‘My goal now is to get my golf handicap down,’ he smiles.'
    34. 'Since Stewart has declared an interest in attending every Chelsea game this season and getting his golf handicap down as much as possible, that seems unlikely.'
    35. 'Golfers of various handicaps were asked to putt on the greens and choose the faster green.'
    36. 'To have an enviable handicap in golf and to be a connoisseur of Bacchus is not unknown among members of the medical profession.'
    37. 'The round capped off a very successful period for Mike, which has seen his handicap reduce steadily towards the first division level.'
    38. 'However, knowing Stais, she'll have a happy and active retirement and no doubt her golf handicap will be falling faster than inflation is rising!'
    39. 'HRH Prince Andrew has been reducing his golf handicap.'


    Act as an impediment to.
    1. 'By association, the current designer is handicapped by the fact that men look behind any cultural invention for irrelevant, ingenuous, or threatening forces.'
    2. 'Education follows the French system, and is available to all, although the system is handicapped by insufficient funding.'
    3. 'And quite frankly, I am appalled to discover there are enemies of the state who would have it that Jacob Zuma is somehow handicapped when it comes to dealing with matters of a financial nature.'
    4. 'I'll cover a variety of things, and I tend to like House elections better anyway, but I expect to write about the Bush campaign and I don't expect to be handicapped in it.'
    5. 'His development is retarded and he will forever be handicapped by the barbaric treatment at the hands of his own family.'
    6. 'If the EU is trying to fight an economic war here, it should realize that handicapping its own economy is not the best way to go about it.'
    7. 'This is clearly a measure of last resort and its application is handicapped by the postoperative development of bronchiolitis obliterans.'
    8. 'Make no mistake: any development of a spacefaring civilization will be handicapped by widespread public refusal to accept the historical sciences.'
    9. 'And, more importantly, it may be a decision that could handicap the sponsor's future development efforts.'
    10. 'He is further handicapped by being severely limited in what he can and cannot do.'
    11. 'her lack of formal training handicapped her'
    12. 'They knew they were trying to ride a very weak and handicapped candidate to victory, and he went down to a much worse defeat than they had anticipated and so I think right now a lot of Democrats are stunned.'
    13. 'Congress has handicapped him from a resource standpoint.'
    14. 'In essence, his players were handicapped by their inexperience and a lack of awareness what was required to succeed at the highest level.'
    15. 'Third, both the oath and the mandate are handicapped by a constricted vision.'
    16. 'You're handicapping them by limiting them to acoustic guitars.'
    17. 'Ms Johnson-Sirleaf boasts an Ivy League education and top postings in government and the United Nations, but is handicapped by her association with past failed governments.'
    18. 'We just don't want it to mean that the system handicaps him too.'
    19. 'And she was handicapped by a seriously self-obsessed mother, who seems sometimes to have suffered depression, but even when she was not ill was utterly wrapped up in her own concerns.'
    20. 'Those born to poor parents are handicapped from birth by poor schooling, poor healthcare, and frequently poor nutrition.'
    21. 'For so much of the tragedy in disability is created by a society which needlessly handicaps us.'

    More definitions

    1. a race or other contest in which certain disadvantages or advantages of weight, distance, time, etc., are placed upon competitors to equalize their chances of winning.

    2. the disadvantage or advantage itself.

    3. any disadvantage that makes success more difficult: The main handicap of our business is lack of capital.

    4. Sometimes Offensive. a physical or mental disability making participation in certain of the usual activities of daily living more difficult. verb (used with obj

    More examples(as adjective)

    "effects can be handicapping."

    "conditions can be handicapping."


    (handicap)Mid 17th century: from the phrase hand in cap; originally a pastime in which one person claimed an article belonging to another and offered something in exchange, any difference in value being decided by an umpire. All three deposited forfeit money in a cap; the two opponents showed their agreement or disagreement with the valuation by bringing out their hands either full or empty. If both were the same, the umpire took the forfeit money; if not it went to the person who accepted the valuation.


    out of the handicap