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privation

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noun pri·va·tion \prī-ˈvā-shən\

Simple Definition of privation

  • : a lack or loss of the basic things that people need to live properly

Full Definition of privation

  1. 1 :  an act or instance of depriving :  deprivation

  2. 2 :  the state of being deprived; especially :  lack of what is needed for existence

Examples of privation

  1. The country has suffered through long periods of economic privation.

  2. <the constant privation of sleep was starting to affect my work>



Origin of privation

Middle English privacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin privation-, privatio, from privare to deprive


First Known Use: 14th century



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