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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Raised in Los Angeles, A.J. Green left her inner-city teaching job at the urging of her students who encouraged her to pursue her dream of practicing medicine in disadvantaged communities. NBC News, "At remote Amazon jungle hospital, U.S. med students learn vital lessons," 8 July 2019 Being able to provide these opportunities free of cost to that same disadvantaged community is extremely important to our mission, and to be able to do it on such a large scale is what really makes Camp Courant such a special place. courant.com, "Working as a Camp Courant counselor inspires pride, joy and continual devotion," 21 June 2019 The Obama administration gave me an award for lending to disadvantaged communities. Time Staff, Time, "Here's Everything the Candidates Said at Wednesday's 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate," 11 May 2019 But critics of the German system say free tuition cannot make up for high schools that fail to prepare disadvantaged populations. Michael Birnbaum, Washington Post, "Bernie Sanders and other Democrats are embracing free college. Europe shows there’s a cost.," 25 June 2019 People all along the political spectrum speak highly of his decision to halve the size of elementary-school classes in disadvantaged zones, from twenty-four students to twelve. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019 But the company is trying to make sure that people in disadvantaged and rural communities are not left out, said Julie Blunden, an executive vice president. Ivan Penn, New York Times, "L.A. to Vegas and Back by Electric Car: 8 Hours Driving; 5 More Plugged In," 22 June 2019 Getty Images For nearly 30 years, Javier Aceves worked as a pediatrician in Albuquerque, New Mexico, focusing primarily on disadvantaged families. Jenny Anderson, Quartz, "The scientific effort to protect babies from trauma before it happens," 22 June 2019 Legislators put a broad exemption from the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act into the budget bill regarding the management of a $300 million public-private partnership to help children in disadvantaged schools. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Jon Lender: State legislators quietly slip 3.5 percent raises for their staff employees into budget," 14 June 2019

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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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