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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These range from college presidents who prioritize admitting deserving, underprivileged students to OpenSecrets, which provides greater transparency into campaign contributions. New York Times, "America Has Gone Off the Rails. Steven Brill Sees Ways to Get It Back on Track.," 2 July 2018 The foundation benefits minorities and underprivileged students seeking higher education. Bonnie L. Cook, Philly.com, "Edgar Jackson Kenton III, 78, renowned neurologist," 11 May 2018 Navarro, who lives in Charleston, S.C., with his wife and four children, is a private person who has tried to avoid the spotlight while growing his fortune and establishing schools for underprivileged students. Joseph Person, Katherine Peralta And Rick Rothacker, charlotteobserver, "Billionaire’s row: A deep look at the potential bidders for the Carolina Panthers | Charlotte Observer," 16 Mar. 2018 The report found underprivileged students encounter unwelcoming classrooms and stereotypes and too few role models. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Tech industry's diversity efforts haven't lived up to promises. A new report explains why.," 28 Feb. 2018 Thanks to the Black Panther Challenge, celebrities are coming out in droves to showcase their altruism and award underprivileged kids and lucky fans the opportunity to see the Marvel film. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "11 Celebrities Who Treated Kids to Free Screenings of 'Black Panther'," 26 Feb. 2018 How many underprivileged kids is Laura Ingraham currently putting through college? Jeff Darcy, cleveland.com, "Doping in Olympics and White House: Darcy cartoon," 21 Feb. 2018 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

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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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