disadvantaged

adjective dis·ad·van·taged \ -tijd \
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

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

disadvantagedness

play \-tijd-nəs\ noun

Examples of disadvantaged in a Sentence

  1. The program provides aid for economically disadvantaged groups.

  2. disadvantaged families struggling to get by in the inner city

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First Known Use of disadvantaged

1893

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DISADVANTAGED Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of disadvantaged for English Language Learners

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


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