de·​prived | \ di-ˈprīvd How to pronounce deprived (audio) \

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web One study in a very deprived area of Dundee, Scotland looked at how the amount of green space in a neighborhood might affect the levels of stress in residents of that neighborhood. Shane O'mara, Outside Online, 13 May 2020 Díaz had an underprivileged upbringing in Colombia’s most deprived area. New York Times, 28 May 2022 In the Dundee study, researchers found that this diurnal decrease is absent, or at least relatively absent, in a deprived population who do not have regular access to and use of green spaces in their urban environment. Shane O'mara, Outside Online, 13 May 2020 Children from disadvantaged backgrounds were likely to be even further behind, as are children in more deprived parts of the North of England and the Midlands. Nick Morrison, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Road pollution, for example, tends to inflict the greatest damage on those living in deprived urban areas. Kath Mackay, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 There’s also concern about the lack of information flowing into the country, particularly for the ordinary citizens who are most deprived of it. Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2021 For many of those seeking a way out of dangerous and deprived circumstances, Europe is the preferred destination. Linas Kojala, CNN, 21 Aug. 2021 Ayala was criticized by law enforcement agencies who said her Brady list deprived officers of due process and risked provable cases being lost because certain officers could not testify. Monivette Cordeiro,, 4 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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“Deprived.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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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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