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

Synonyms & Antonyms for disadvantaged


depressed, deprived, underprivileged


advantaged, privileged

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Examples of disadvantaged in a Sentence

The program provides aid for economically disadvantaged groups. disadvantaged families struggling to get by in the inner city

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The lottery has been a long-standing source of tension, with wealthy families hiring consultants to navigate the school choices and nonprofits emerging to ensure that disadvantaged families know how to maximize their options. Perry Stein, Washington Post, "The D.C. lottery is intended to give all kids a fair shot at a top school. But does it?," 29 Mar. 2018 The clinic is partnering with two other nonprofits on the project: SAY (Social Advocates for Youth) San Diego and America on Track based in Santa Ana, which provides resources and mentors for disadvantaged families. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Clinic gets $2.6M grant to fight smoking," 31 Jan. 2018 The revenue from the traveling exhibits, which include The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head, Hands-on Harley Davidson and Big League Fun, supports the museum as well as community outreach programs for disadvantaged families. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Who is Betty Brinn anyway? 3 things you didn't know about Milwaukee's children's museum," 28 Sep. 2017 But not all children who live in homes where food insecurity and financial instability are problems qualify for such lunches, as their parents or guardians might still bring in too much money to be classified as economically disadvantaged. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "How states and crowdfunding are tackling the growing problem of student lunch debt," 27 Dec. 2018 Not only that, but students at an economically disadvantaged high school also had higher grades and fewer absences after the start time changed. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Why we might want the school day to start later," 12 Dec. 2018 The students, all coming from economically disadvantaged families, are paid for attending — just like any other summer job. Emily Himes, miamiherald, "It's a Google and Amazon world. And these Miami kids are taking this step to work there," 10 July 2018 Southwest is a growing district of nearly 14,000 students, 82 percent of whom are considered economically disadvantaged based on federal income thresholds. Alia Malik, San Antonio Express-News, "S.A. school districts made all eighth-graders take algebra — and it worked," 26 June 2018 The organization provides competitive education, training, and career services for individuals who are disabled and socially or economically disadvantaged. Sun-Sentinel.com, "CRIME," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of disadvantaged

1893, in the meaning defined above

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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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