dis·ad·van·taged | \-tijd \

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 \-tijd-nəs \ 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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Part of Lime’s strategy has been to provide customized mobility options for disadvantaged communities to help fill gaps in transit access. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Lime’s scooters will now be integrated into the ride-hailing giant’s app.," 9 July 2018 In the meantime, starting in the fall of 2019, 20 percent of seats at the specialized schools will be assigned to disadvantaged students from high-poverty schools who score just shy of the cutoff score on the SHSAT. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Keep the test!' A debate flares over exam-based public high schools.," 6 July 2018 Supporters say dropping the test requirement is intended to encourage more disadvantaged students to apply, thereby providing wider access. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Why the University of Chicago Is Dropping Its SAT/ACT Test Requirement," 15 June 2018 Kirkpatrick's 21 Kids Foundation describes itself as an early resource to at risk and disadvantaged children through mentorships, academic and emotional support, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles. Dave Clark, Cincinnati.com, "Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick takes kids on back-to-school shopping spree in Alabama," 13 July 2018 Collection bins at the San Diego County Fair exits allow people to donate their prizes to local disadvantaged children through its Care ’n Share Toy Drive. sandiegouniontribune.com, "Toy drive collects, donates unwanted fair prizes," 29 June 2018 Fort Bend Cares supporters gathered on June 14 at Safari Texas Ranch to award $154,000 in grants to local non-profits committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend Cares grants $184,000 to area nonprofits," 22 June 2018 In English, 81% of economically disadvantaged children passed, compared with 97% of their peers. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "The Search for Diverse Schools That Perform," 6 June 2018 This week, orchestra violinist Philip Kates had arranged for a concert in East Jerusalem on Tuesday at the Spafford Children’s Center for disadvantaged children. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Orchestra ends its contentious Israel tour with a Jerusalem concert, and some soul searching," 5 June 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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