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The word 'disability'.

Incapacity in the eye of the law, or created by the law; a restriction framed to prevent any person or class of persons from sharing in duties or privileges which would otherwise be open to them; legal disqualification.

1641 Termes de la Ley 118b, Disabilitie is when a man by any cause is disabled or made incapable to doe, to inherit, or to take advantage of a thing which otherwise he might have had or done.  1765 Blackstone Comm. (1793) The next legal disability is want of age.  c. 1832 Mackintosh France in 1815 Wks. 1846 III. Of all the lessons of history, there is none more evident in itself+than that persecutions, disabilities, exclusions all systematic wrong to great bodies of citizens, are sooner or later punished.  1832 H. Martineau Ireland 117 The law has at length emancipated us from our civil disabilities.  1849 Macaulay Hist. Eng. II. 11 His eagerness to remove the disabilities under which the professors of his religion lay.   Oxford English Dictionary

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