A piece of bad luck or a less favorable position is a disadvantage. If you are trying to run a fifty-yard dash in flip flops when everyone else has on running shoes, you'll be at a disadvantage.

It's harder to be successful when you start with a disadvantage. One kind of disadvantage is being born into a poor family — it's a struggle for a child in poverty to do well in school, attend college, or end up with a well-paying job. A disadvantage is the opposite of an advantage, a lucky or favorable circumstance. At the root of both words is the Old French avant, "at the front."

Definitions of disadvantage
  1. noun
    the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position
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    advantage, vantage
    the quality of having a superior or more favorable position
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    unfavorableness, unfavourableness
    the quality of not being encouraging or indicative of success
    the quality of being limited or restricted
    defect, shortcoming
    a failing or deficiency
    awkwardness, nuisance value
    the quality of an embarrassing situation
    deprivation, loss
    the disadvantage that results from losing something
    the quality of being a hindrance
    the disadvantage or painful consequences of an action or condition
    inferiority, unfavorable position
    the quality of being a competitive disadvantage
    inexpedience, inexpediency
    the quality of being unsuited to the end in view
    unprofitability, unprofitableness
    the quality of affording no gain or no benefit or no profit
    inauspiciousness, unpropitiousness
    the quality of suggesting an unsuccessful result
    catch, gimmick
    a drawback or difficulty that is not readily evident
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    the quality of being something that holds you back
  2. verb
    put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
    “This rule clearly disadvantages me”
    synonyms: disfavor, disfavour
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    give an advantage to
    hamper, handicap, hinder
    put at a disadvantage
    disadvantage by prejudice
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    discriminate, separate, single out
    treat differently on the basis of sex or race
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