dis·​ad·​van·​taged | \ ˌdis-əd-ˈvan-tijd How to pronounce disadvantaged (audio) \

Definition of disadvantaged

: lacking in the basic resources or conditions (such as standard housing, medical and educational facilities, and civil rights) believed to be necessary for an equal position in society

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disadvantagedness \ ˌdis-​əd-​ˈvan-​tijd-​nəs How to pronounce disadvantagedness (audio) \ noun

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The program provides aid for economically disadvantaged groups. disadvantaged families struggling to get by in the inner city
Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, the Education Endowment Foundation in the UK estimates that the gap between disadvantaged pupils and their classmates at the end of primary school narrowed, from 11.5 months in 2009 to 9.2 months in 2019. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "There is an education crisis hiding behind Covid’s health and economic crises," 2 July 2020 In the United States, Covid-19 has hit hardest in disadvantaged communities: among racial minorities, the elderly, and people who live in multi-family housing or operate public transit, among others. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "Where Should Covid-19 Vaccines Be Tested? It's a Moving Target," 1 July 2020 Crump's firm, Prism Technical Management & Marketing Services LLC, has helped developers hire disadvantaged contractors and workers. Alison Dirr, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Two picks for Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's cabinet win committee approval," 1 July 2020 Raising premiums can disproportionately hurt disadvantaged communities and drive people away from insurance. USA Today, "Millions of Americans think they’re safe from flood waters. They aren’t.," 29 June 2020 And The National Bail Fund Network, which essentially serves as a directory for local groups that help disadvantaged people afford bail, has seen its organizations raise more than $75 million in recent weeks, according to a spokesperson. Fox News, "Pols face ire of 'Defund the Police' force, from Seattle to New York City," 29 June 2020 James often discusses the issues plaguing disadvantaged communities, both white and black. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Black Michigan Republican John James running to be senator, not GOP spokesman on race," 24 June 2020 That threat is worse for disadvantaged communities. Ula Chrobak, Popular Science, "The latest summer forecast calls for deadly heat waves," 24 June 2020 Her work in the Senate has always included an emphasis on disadvantaged communities and race. Tal Kopan, SFChronicle.com, "Spotlight on Kamala Harris exposes solitude of black women at top of politics," 20 June 2020

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First Known Use of disadvantaged

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disadvantaged was in 1893

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7 Jul 2020

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“Disadvantaged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disadvantaged. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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: lacking the things (such as money and education) that are considered necessary for an equal position in society

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