un·​der·​priv·​i·​leged | \ ˌən-dər-ˈpriv-lijd How to pronounce underprivileged (audio) , -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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This model, called Early College High School, has been used for students from underprivileged backgrounds. Lisa Ward, WSJ, "The Benefits of Starting College Early—in High School," 10 Feb. 2019 The goal: To help support budding young winter sportsmen, particularly those from underprivileged backgrounds, with equipment, travel, and other costs. Lilian Min, Cosmopolitan, "16 Things to Know About Jamie Anderson, Team USA's Snowboarding Tree Hugger," 10 Jan. 2018 Learning Lab Ventures is an organization that provides after-school education and enrichment programming for underprivileged children. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nick Jonas & Priyanka Chopra Just Made the Best Joke About Their Many Wedding Receptions," 2 Feb. 2019 Since it was founded in 2003, Good Sports has donated more $39 million worth of new gear to more than 6 million underprivileged kids across all 50 states, according to their website. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "10 Ways to Use Your Love of Fitness to Do Good on Giving Tuesday or Any Day," 27 Nov. 2018 She is known for her work with underprivileged minority communities, especially African-Americans and Native Americans. Alexandra Villarreal, The Seattle Times, "St. Katharine Drexel’s remains being moved to cathedral," 24 July 2018 The petition site said the program was originally designed for charter school students living in underprivileged communities where quality teaching and at-home support isn't always available. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More than 300 Kettle Moraine parents sign petition against online learning platform," 21 June 2018 Years had passed since Stone, a clarinetist, won for teaching music lessons to students in underprivileged communities. Colleen Wright, miamiherald, "Behind every Silver Knight winner, there is an adviser pushing them to the finish | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 Her organization Slay for a Change — created to raise awareness about issues impacting underprivileged communities including over-policing — officially began after the death of Sandra Bland. Savannah Scott, Teen Vogue, "Activist Shayla Hill Talks Her Trayvon Martin Tribute at NYFW," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of underprivileged

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of underprivileged was in 1896

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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


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Kids Definition of underprivileged

: having fewer advantages than others especially because of being poor

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