big, considerable, decided (esp. AmE), distinct, grave, great, huge, major, obvious, real, serious, severe, significant, substantial

Lack of qualifications is an obvious disadvantage.

main, primary (AmE), principal
added, additional

These requirements will have to be standardized if some banks are not to suffer a competitive disadvantage.

strategic, tactical (both esp. AmE)

The fog was giving them a tactical disadvantage.

economic, educational, financial, racial, social, socio-economic

the problems of racial disadvantage and poverty

cost (esp. AmE)

This put them at a crippling cost disadvantage.

possible, potential

A potential disadvantage of this method is that it requires considerable expertise to perform it accurately.


the inherent disadvantage that low-income communities face


Some students were at an unfair disadvantage.

experience, face, have, suffer, suffer from

the disadvantage experienced by older people in the workplace

The present system has the disadvantage that nobody really understands how it works.

Competition has its disadvantages.

offset, outweigh

The plan's advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

at a disadvantage

We were at a distinct disadvantage compared with children from richer families.

There was no reason for her to feel at a disadvantage.

despite a/the disadvantage

Despite these disadvantages, many older people maintain an active social life.

to sb's disadvantage

This change in the law will be to the disadvantage of small companies.

disadvantage for

another disadvantage for the night-worker

disadvantage in

There are disadvantages in using this treatment.

disadvantage to

There are disadvantages to all those approaches.

advantages and disadvantages

Each plan has its own advantages and disadvantages.

place sb at a disadvantage, put sb at a disadvantage

The fact that he didn't speak another language put him at a disadvantage.

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