deprivation

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noun dep·ri·va·tion \ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən also ˌdē-ˌprī-\

Definition of deprivation

  1. 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. 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.

Origin and Etymology of deprivation

see deprive


First Known Use: 15th century


DEPRIVATION Defined for English Language Learners

deprivation

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noun dep·ri·va·tion \ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən also ˌdē-ˌprī-\

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

deprivation

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noun de·pri·va·tion \ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən, ˌdē-ˌprī-\

Definition of deprivation for Students

  1. 1 :  a taking or keeping away a deprivation of rights

  2. 2 :  the state of having something taken away sleep deprivation


Medical Dictionary

deprivation

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noun de·pri·va·tion \ˌdep-rə-ˈvā-shən, ˌdē-ˌprī-\

Medical Definition of deprivation

  1. :  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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