Simple Definition of privation
: a lack or loss of the basic things that people need to live properly
Full Definition of privation
1 : an act or instance of depriving : deprivation
2 : the state of being deprived; especially : lack of what is needed for existence
Examples of privation
The country has suffered through long periods of economic privation.
<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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