un·der·priv·i·leged | \ ˌən-dər-ˈpriv-lijd , -ˈpri-və- \

Definition of underprivileged 

1 : deprived through social or economic condition of some of the fundamental rights of all members of a civilized society

2 : of or relating to underprivileged people underprivileged areas of the city

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Synonyms & Antonyms for underprivileged


depressed, deprived, disadvantaged


advantaged, privileged

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Examples of underprivileged in a Sentence

underprivileged children often don't do as well on standardized tests as more privileged students

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The couple were also introduced to Priscilla Ruzibuka, 27, from Rwanda, who set up a children’s clothing project which employs women from underprivileged communities. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry Squashed Rumors of His Secret Honeymoon Location with Meghan Markle in 6 Words," 27 June 2018 Gatson has also founded the Reale Justice Network and Social Justice Doulas International, two organizations serving underprivileged women. Max Londberg, kansascity, "For Mother's Day, Kansas City woman raises money to bail moms from jail | The Kansas City Star," 12 May 2018 Her childhood experiences inspired her to share her wealth as an adult by helping underprivileged women and children in the Milwaukee area secure health care. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Who is Betty Brinn anyway? 3 things you didn't know about Milwaukee's children's museum," 28 Sep. 2017 Also, the program is not only for underprivileged families. Rick Mauch, star-telegram, "Free summer lunches a tasty hit in Fort Worth area," 3 July 2018 Proceeds from merchandise sales, including special commemorative T-shirts designed by Prince’s longtime art designer Steve Parke, and meet-and-greet packages with NPG, will go to the various charities and underprivileged youth Prince supported. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Morris Hayes from New Power Generation Talks 'Celebrating Prince' Tribute at First Avenue: 'You Cannot Replace Prince'," 27 June 2018 Steve’s dad, the late Ron Burton Sr., was an original Patriot running back in 1960 and dedicated his post-football days to helping underprivileged youngsters from the inner city. Dan Shaughnessy, BostonGlobe.com, "A few stories of dads with special places in the sports world," 18 June 2018 Friends said the senior Vance quietly fought for the rights of underprivileged as both a jurist and a politician. CBS News, "Alabama executes oldest inmate in modern history," 19 Apr. 2018 Coming from an underprivileged background, this team fights on and off the field, learning valuable lessons from their coach Bobby Selkin. Luis Miguel Echegaray, SI.com, "Five Sports Movies to See at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of underprivileged

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of underprivileged

: having less money, education, etc., than the other people in a society : having fewer advantages, privileges, and opportunities than most people : poor or disadvantaged


un·der·priv·i·leged | \ ˌən-dər-ˈpri-və-lijd \

Kids Definition of underprivileged

: having fewer advantages than others especially because of being poor

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