Definition of deprivation
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
She is studying the effects of sleep deprivation.
She eventually overcame the deprivations of her childhood.
Origin and Etymology of deprivation
First Known Use: 15th century
DEPRIVATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deprivation for English Language Learners
: the state of not having something that people need : the state of being deprived of something
DEPRIVATION Defined for Kids
Definition of deprivation for Students
1 : a taking or keeping away a deprivation of rights
2 : the state of having something taken away sleep deprivation
Medical Definition of deprivation
: 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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