dis·​ad·​van·​taged ˌdis-əd-ˈvan-tijd How to pronounce disadvantaged (audio)
: 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
disadvantagedness noun

Examples of disadvantaged in a Sentence

The program provides aid for economically disadvantaged groups. disadvantaged families struggling to get by will be benefited by changes in the tax code
Recent Examples on the Web The main goal of these relationships is to align programs that create jobs, pipelines for jobs, develop entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, apprenticeship and workforce investment program opportunities with employment needs, throughout the county and particularly in disadvantaged communities. Miami Herald Archives, Miami Herald, 15 Apr. 2024 Close to eighty percent of the projects are located in disadvantaged communities, according to the Biden administration. Justine Calma, The Verge, 25 Mar. 2024 Nearly 80% of the projects are located in a disadvantaged community, as defined by President Biden’s Justice40 Initiative, offering a significant opportunity to invest in good jobs and clean air in communities that have experienced years of divestment, the department notes. USA TODAY, 25 Mar. 2024 Phillips and Jesse are from disadvantaged backgrounds. Rick Mauch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Mar. 2024 Women, minorities, and particularly Black women diplomats make it in but still suffer from the entrenched norms of behavior that leave them disadvantaged and vulnerable in such a cutthroat environment. Byjenny Abamu, Fortune, 29 Feb. 2024 Local WBCs, public-private partnerships between the SBA and non-profit entrepreneurial development organizations across the country, serve economically and socially disadvantaged clients in 38 different languages. Rohit Arora, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 The goal was to help 1,000 disadvantaged businesses initially and eventually double the fund’s size through the return of capital and future renewals from Denver, creating a self-sustaining pool of capital. Aldo Svaldi, The Denver Post, 21 Mar. 2024 Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona, Phoenix, $7,500 To allow disadvantaged adults 65 and over to live in their homes longer through repairs that promote safety and functionality. Alexis Waiss, The Arizona Republic, 17 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of disadvantaged was in 1893

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“Disadvantaged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disadvantaged. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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