deprivation

noun
dep·​ri·​va·​tion | \ ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən also ˌdē-ˌprī- How to pronounce deprivation (audio) \

Definition of deprivation

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

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Synonyms for deprivation

Synonyms

loss, privation

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Examples of deprivation in a Sentence

She is studying the effects of sleep deprivation. She eventually overcame the deprivations of her childhood.

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The flight took off at around 6 a.m. local time, and almost immediately passengers started experienced the symptoms of hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Passengers Injured After Flight Crew Forgets to Pressurize Cabin," 21 Sep. 2018 The first is water deprivation, where the state places water for fish as a priority over agriculture. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "California Farmers Are Trade-War Casualties," 19 Sep. 2018 Congress later outlawed such techniques, such as waterboarding and sleep deprivation. Erin Kelly, USA TODAY, "Spending bill limited Congress' oversight of secret intelligence activities, senators say," 23 Jan. 2018 Some use yoga, meditation, or a sensory-deprivation float pod. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Is Changing How Special Ops Fighters Are Trained," 12 Feb. 2019 But reality and theory don’t often agree, especially in these days of privacy deprivation. Pat Lenhoff, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Social Security numbers aren't so secure after all," 21 Mar. 2018 This from a woman who promoted on camera bullying , deprivation, manipulation and more weekly in the name of weight loss. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jillian Michaels Calls Out 'Today' Star Al Roker Over His Keto Diet Tweet," 16 Jan. 2019 The Sleep Foundation has a number of recommendations to help young people avoid sleep deprivation, including starting school later. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Why Schools Should Start Later and Teens Should Sleep More," 4 Jan. 2019 Achieving that stability usually entails sticking to a treatment plan, including medication and therapy, and avoiding episode triggers like extreme stress, sleep deprivation, and substance abuse, Dr. Li says. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "8 Facts About the Link Between Bipolar Disorder and Psychosis," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of deprivation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for deprivation

see deprive

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deprivation

noun

English Language Learners Definition of deprivation

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

deprivation

noun
de·​pri·​va·​tion | \ ˌde-prə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce deprivation (audio) , ˌdē-ˌprī-\

Kids Definition of deprivation

1 : a taking or keeping away a deprivation of rights
2 : the state of having something taken away sleep deprivation

deprivation

noun
de·​pri·​va·​tion | \ ˌdep-rə-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce deprivation (audio) , ˌdē-ˌprī- How to pronounce deprivation (audio) \

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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