privation


pri·va·tion

noun \prī-ˈvā-shən\

: 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

  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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