deprivation

noun dep·ri·va·tion \ ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən also ˌdē-ˌprī- \
Updated on: 20 May 2018
1 : the state of being kept from possessing, enjoying, or using something : the state of being deprived : privation; especially : removal from an office, dignity, or benefice
2 : an act or instance of withholding or taking something away from someone or something : an act or instance of depriving : loss
  • overcoming the deprivations of their childhoods
  • the hazards of oxygen deprivation

Examples of deprivation in a Sentence

  1. She is studying the effects of sleep deprivation.

  2. She eventually overcame the deprivations of her childhood.

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Origin and Etymology of deprivation


DEPRIVATION Defined for English Language Learners

deprivation

  • : the state of not having something that people need : the state of being deprived of something


DEPRIVATION Defined for Kids

deprivation

noun de·pri·va·tion \ ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən , ˌdē-ˌprī- \
1 : a taking or keeping away
  • a deprivation of rights
2 : the state of having something taken away
  • sleep deprivation

Medical Dictionary

deprivation

noun de·pri·va·tion \ ˌdep-rə-ˈvā-shən , ˌdē-ˌprī- \
: the act or process of removing or the condition resulting from removal of something normally present and usually essential for mental or physical well-being
  • his nervous system may have been affected by early oxygen deprivation
  • —Jack Fincher
  • sleep deprivation


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