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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Examples of disadvantaged in a Sentence

The program provides aid for economically disadvantaged groups. disadvantaged families struggling to get by in the inner city
Recent Examples on the Web Warees Majeed, co-founder of the Washington, D.C.-based community support group Yaay Me!, works with both perpetrators and victims of gun violence to institute behavioral changes that steer disadvantaged youth away from firearms. Quinn Owen, ABC News, 8 Aug. 2022 Forty percent of the projects serve rural or economically disadvantaged areas, and nearly one-third serve and are led by Black and Indigenous people and people of color. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Aug. 2022 The study reveals that rising economic inequality makes upward mobility feel practically impossible for disadvantaged youths, which in turn results in lower motivation and less productive behaviors. Adi Gaskell, Forbes, 4 Aug. 2022 Meanwhile, almost 87% of MPS students are economically disadvantaged, according to the 2020-2021 District Report Card. Claire Reid, Journal Sentinel, 3 Aug. 2022 Questions about his mental abilities and his family’s poor social status drew sympathy, as well as accusations that Singapore’s strict laws may compel criminals to prey on the disadvantaged, using them as drug mules. Feliz Solomon, WSJ, 2 Aug. 2022 These barriers are generally the same that exist across health care more broadly for more disadvantaged populations. Deidre Mcphillips, CNN, 19 July 2022 Ninety-three percent were identified as economically disadvantaged. Laura Newberrystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 20 July 2022 The state also shows HFCA with greater disparity by economic status than MPS, with about 24% of economically disadvantaged 2021 graduates enrolling in postsecondary education, compared to about 31% of those in MPS. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 18 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of disadvantaged

1893, in the meaning defined above

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13 Aug 2022

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“Disadvantaged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/disadvantaged. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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