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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His establishment of Pakistan’s first cancer hospital and a college for underprivileged youth suggest an all too rare spirit of public service. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Will Imran Khan Turn Pakistan Into an Islamic Welfare State?," 12 July 2018 Common is also the creator of Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to empower underprivileged youth to be strong citizens of the world. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Common Signs With UTA," 10 July 2018 Abell, better known for initiatives in education, health care and human services to help the underprivileged, invested in the company as part of its work to promote social goals such as increasing energy efficiency. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "After legal battle, Ford licenses hybrid engine technology from Baltimore-based tech firm, Abell Foundation," 12 Apr. 2018 Now 20 years old, Boke lives at City of Hope, an incredible children’s home and school for underprivileged children in Tanzania. Shay Maunz, Glamour, "This Young Woman Is Fighting Poverty in Tanzania by Teaching Women to Make Clothes," 8 Mar. 2019 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

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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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