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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Right now this program is open to all of the city’s economically disadvantaged children. William Mcgurn, WSJ, "De Blasio Sees Too Many Asians," 17 Dec. 2018 Over sixty thousand students, either economically disadvantaged or first-generation college students, have been McNair Scholars—probably more people than Ron ever would have impacted in his lifetime. Margaret Lazarus Dean, Popular Mechanics, "The Oral History of the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster," 28 Jan. 2019 The couple will also visit Sure Start, a program supporting disadvantaged children under four years old. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Blue Mulberry Cape Coat in Ballymena, Northern Ireland," 28 Feb. 2019 The ruling party, Law and Justice, is strongly pro-Catholic and won elections in 2015 promising to help the poor and other disadvantaged people, but now faces accusations of treating society’s weakest members in a heartless way. Washington Post, "Poland’s Walesa visits disabled protesters in parliament," 23 May 2018 The group serves various disadvantaged people, from the homeless to the disable, children in need, victims of abuse and more. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football provides helping hands to Parisians in need," 1 May 2018 Basilian Fathers Missions fundraises for missionary efforts for disadvantaged people in Colombia and Mexico, and Blanco was in charge of those funds. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Houston woman spent church's money on doggy spas, Louis Vuitton handbags," 5 Mar. 2018 His 13-month tenure as chief justice has won him accolades from advocates of disadvantaged groups but drawn unprecedented criticism from other members of the bench. Ashok Sharma, Fox News, "India chief justice's new decision strikes down adultery law," 28 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of disadvantaged

1893, in the meaning defined above

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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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