Definition of deprived 

: marked by deprivation especially of the necessities of life or of healthful environmental influences culturally deprived children sleep-deprived parents

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Synonyms & Antonyms for deprived


depressed, disadvantaged, underprivileged


advantaged, privileged

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Examples of deprived in a Sentence

The diet allows you to eat small amounts of your favorite foods, so you won't feel deprived. deprived children growing up in the slums

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As long as persons in any part of the world remain deprived of their fundamental rights and freedom, we are all diminished. Chito Gascon, Time, "What the Philippines Tells Us About the Broken Promises of Human Rights," 30 May 2018 Or the coach who took a flat, confidence-deprived unit and made it into the best defense IU football has seen in at least two decades? Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "Tom Allen turned around IU football's defense, but can he fix it for good?," 22 May 2018 No significant prior criminal record, poor and deprived childhood, dysfunctional family, has young children who need his support. Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana death row holds 11 prisoners," 31 Jan. 2014 The subjects here felt more balanced and less deprived, which kept them going longer on a restricted calorie diet. Aarti Sanan, Redbook, "Wedding Dress Challenge Update: Chocolate Cake for Breakfast?!," 28 Feb. 2012 His plan is to lie low and not attract attention, but that's easier said than done when his deprived students beg him to teach them how to fence. Chris Ball,, "'My Friend Dahmer,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 15 Apr. 2018 Take a Look at Other Recent A-Heds Ms. Winfrey, who has long espoused a healthy lifestyle—though not a deprived one—is a Weight Watchers board member and investor. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "Who Makes Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite Fried Chicken? That’s a Bone of Contention," 22 Mar. 2018 And shielding that money deprived world governments of approximately $170 billion in tax revenue in 2016 alone — with the United States Treasury taking a $32 billion hit. David Scharfenberg,, "Trillions of dollars have sloshed into offshore tax havens. Here’s how to get it back," 20 Jan. 2018 But some community workers and politicians argue that would be counterproductive, damaging trust in the police in deprived areas without necessarily finding many weapons. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "London Confronts a Spate of Murders, With Most Victims Killed by Knives," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of deprived

circa 1552, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for deprived

see deprive

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The first known use of deprived was circa 1552

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English Language Learners Definition of deprived

: not having the things that are needed for a good or healthy life


de·prived | \ di-ˈprīvd \

Kids Definition of deprived

: not having the things that are needed for a good or healthful life



Legal Definition of deprived 

: marked by deprivation especially of the necessities of life or care in a healthful environment a deprived child

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