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 disadvantaged (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 That’s where Towards Employment, an organization that helps disadvantaged adults find jobs, found two of its newer board members, both of whom are Black. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 12 June 2021 School districts are now doubling down on their efforts to track down students, many of whom come from disadvantaged populations, including going door-to-door to knock and providing incentives such as food pantries to try to entice them. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 11 June 2021 Chronic absenteeism increased the most among English learners, students of color and students who are economically disadvantaged. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Use the federal government’s purchasing power to grow federal contracting with small disadvantaged businesses by 50 percent, translating to an additional $100 billion over five years, and helping more Americans realize their entrepreneurial dreams. Donna M. Owens, Essence, 2 June 2021 Doing so will finally help liberate Black banks from the shadow and suspicion of Freeman’s collapse by enabling their missions to uplift the underbanked and disadvantaged. Kevin Garnett, Time, 1 June 2021 At Knapp, those figures are about 67% minority and 87% economically disadvantaged. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 25 May 2021 To be sure, the explicit identification of Palestinians with disadvantaged African-Americans isn’t completely novel. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 24 May 2021 Her sights are on becoming a legal aid attorney since the profession connects to her passion of helping those who are disadvantaged. Darcel Rockett, chicagotribune.com, 24 May 2021

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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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14 Jun 2021

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“Disadvantaged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disadvantaged. Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of disadvantaged

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

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