Definitions of handicap

  1. To encumber with a handicap in any contest; hence, in general, to place at disadvantage; as, the candidate was heavily handicapped.
  2. To impose a handicap on; hinder; retard.
  3. the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; " reading disability"; " hearing impairment"
  4. advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
  5. attempt to forecast the winner ( especially in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
  6. A race, for horses or men, or any contest of agility, strength, or skill, in which there is an allowance of time, distance, weight, or other advantage, to equalize the chances of the competitors.
  7. A race in which the horses carry different weights, or are placed at different distances, or start at different times, so that all shall have, as nearly as possible, an equal chance of winning.
  8. Race in which the better horses are weighted to bring all to an equality.
  9. The weighting of the better horses, or the allowance of time or distance in favor of a weaker rival; also, a race so conducted.
  10. In a race, when the better runners are weighted or held back, so that all may have an equal chance of winning; allowance made to the weaker in any contest.
  11. A race in which the horses carry different weights according to age and character for speed, or are placed at different distances, or start at different times, & c., with the view of equalising the chances as nearly as possible; the term is said to have been originally applied to the method of settling a bargain by putting a hand with money into a cap.
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