privation

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noun pri·va·tion \ prī-ˈvā-shən \

Definition of privation

1 :an act or instance of depriving :deprivation
2 :the state of being deprived; especially :lack of what is needed for existence

Examples of privation in a Sentence

  1. The country has suffered through long periods of economic privation.

  2. the constant privation of sleep was starting to affect my work

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Origin and Etymology of privation

Middle English privacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin privation-, privatio, from privare to deprive


PRIVATION Defined for English Language Learners

privation

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Definition of privation for English Language Learners

  • : a lack or loss of the basic things that people need to live properly



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