mal·nour·ished | \ˌmal-ˈnər-isht, -ˈnə-risht\

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Allegedly held captive in an intensifying cycle of abuse, most of David and Louise Turpin’s children were severely malnourished when police discovered them in squalid conditions on Jan. 14, according to prosecutors. Kc Baker,, "How House of Horrors Siblings Are Enjoying Life After Alleged Captivity and ‘Just Want to Move On’," 17 Apr. 2018 Senior investigators with the county district attorney's office testified that doctors and medical records showed some of the children were severely malnourished and had muscle wasting, with some adult children being 32 pounds underweight. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Turpin sister's photos of shackled siblings draw gasps in court," 21 June 2018 Countless children are malnourished and mentally stunted. The Economist, "Kim Jong Un did better than Donald Trump at the Singapore summit," 14 June 2018 Thai officials and international experts had been struggling with how to extract the tired, malnourished boys and their coach from the small chamber they have been trapped in since June 23, when unexpected monsoon rains flooded them in. Madeleine Aggeler, The Cut, "All 12 Thai Soccer Players and Their Coach Have Been Rescued," 10 July 2018 The group was found by divers Monday, and authorities summarized their condition as malnourished and weak but otherwise in good health. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'Hero or zero?': Thailand abuzz over coach who led boys into cave – then kept them alive," 5 July 2018 There’s also neglect, when those unable to care for themselves are left malnourished, dehydrated, over- or under-medicated or forced to live in unhealthy conditions. Doug Williams,, "‘Excuse me, but where were you when all this was going on?’," 4 June 2018 Feed My Starving Children is a Christian non-profit organization founded in 1997 that provides meals specifically formulated for malnourished children. Kenny Levine, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bay Port’s Isaac Krause lends a helping hand to students with disabilities," 9 May 2018 Curry College’s commencement speech will be delivered by Navyn Salem, founder and chief executive of Edesia, a Rhode Island nonprofit organization that makes ready-to-eat foods that are delivered to malnourished children around the world. Globe Staff,, "Women sweep the Director of the Year awards," 7 May 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of malnourished

: not eating enough food or not eating enough healthy food : poorly nourished


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