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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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 Researchers hoped to answer some long-standing questions: Are there sensitive periods in neural development, after which the brain of a deprived child cannot make full use of the mental, emotional, and physical stimulation later offered? Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 The deprived rats were thin and had enlarged adrenal glands, but that was about it. Quanta Magazine, "Why Sleep Deprivation Kills," 4 June 2020 Residents of the most deprived communities in England and Wales have died from the disease at more than twice the rate of those who live in the wealthiest. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "The Comforting and Misleading Political Response to Britain’s Coronavirus Disaster," 5 May 2020 Children in deprived areas have had far less homeschooling during the lockdown than their wealthier peers, according to the British think tank the Sutton Trust, because many of them do not have computer equipment and internet access. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "You Should Politicize the Coronavirus," 1 May 2020 Life expectancy for those in the most deprived areas has declined by 0.3 years from 2010-12 to 2016-18. The Economist, "Groundhog Day Health inequality in England was bad. It has got worse," 27 Feb. 2020 One process that might be occurring is social drift, whereby people with mental illness tend to move into poor, deprived city neighborhoods. Diana Kwon, Scientific American, "Does City Life Pose a Risk to Mental Health?," 20 May 2016 Partly because the station has blighted the area, Somers Town—jammed between Euston to the west, St Pancras to the east and the roaring traffic of the Euston Road to the south—is among the most deprived neighbourhoods in England. The Economist, "Urban infrastructure How HS2 will transform a forlorn part of London," 6 Feb. 2020 Each letter is another message from inside, and another opportunity to shed light in a deprived environment. Becca King, Teen Vogue, "Athens Books to Prisoners Explains How They Provide Reading Materials to Incarcerated People," 9 Jan. 2020

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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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24 Jun 2020

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“Deprived.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of deprived

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


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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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