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The term is derived from Hand-in-cap, an old English method for evaluating the relative worth of two items in a trade. Today Handicapped or handicap may refer to:

In sports and games[edit]

Human condition[edit]

  • Disability, an impairment that substantially affects a person's life activities, and may be present at birth or arise later in life
  • Self-handicapping, a psychological method for preserving self-esteem



  • "The Handicapped", short story by Larry Niven originally published in 1967 as "Handicap"