[n] advantage given to a competitor to equalize chances of winning
[n] something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
[n] the condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"
[v] injure permanently; "He was disabled in a car accident"
[v] put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"
[v] attempt to forecast the winner (esp. in a horse race) and assign odds for or against a contestant
balk, baulk, check, deterrent, disability, disable, disablement, hamper, hinder, hindrance, impairment, impediment, incapacitate, invalid