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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Amazon is also expected to open a job training center run by partners like Pursuit, a nonprofit organization that provides software engineering courses to underprivileged New Yorkers. Natt Garun, The Verge, "For Queens residents, Amazon’s HQ2 isn’t arriving without a fight," 20 Nov. 2018 Employees rave about a culture where karaoke matters as much as contracts, and where lawyers take time off to accompany underprivileged kids to Disney. Fortune, "Cooley," 16 Feb. 2018 Spencer made the announcement Wednesday and hopes to be able to give those in an underprivileged community the opportunity to catch the Marvel hit. Sydney Scott, Essence.com, "The Quick Read: Tupac Rape Accuser Details 1993 Alleged Assault," 1 Feb. 2018 Rehman was starting his TUFF Start program to provide support for underprivileged youth in South Florida. David Furones, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Calvin Ridley holds charity bowling event to raise funds for program that helped him in his youth," 13 July 2018 So, even if an unpaid internship is useful for an individual, many see the system as a whole as putting up barriers to the underprivileged. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Are Unpaid Internships Exploitation or Opportunity? Twitter Has Some Opinions," 8 July 2018 Her driver, Anderson Pedro Gomes, was also killed when two unknown attackers fired an estimated nine shots into their car, silencing one of Brazil’s emerging voices for the underprivileged. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Brazilian Activist Marielle Franco, Who Protested Police Violence, Has Been Assassinated," 15 Mar. 2018 For a person of privilege to make creative use of the culture of the underprivileged is an act of aggression and abuse. Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, WSJ, "Truth Isn’t the Problem—We Are," 15 Mar. 2018 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

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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


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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