underrepresented

adjective
un·​der·​rep·​re·​sent·​ed | \ ˌən-dər-ˌre-pri-ˈzen-təd How to pronounce underrepresented (audio) \

Definition of underrepresented

: inadequately represented

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underrepresentation \ ˌən-​dər-​ˌre-​pri-​ˌzen-​ˈtā-​shən How to pronounce underrepresentation (audio) , -​zən-​ \ noun

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Recent Examples on the Web Code-switching has become a natural part of how underrepresented groups, particularly people of color, operate in a predominantly white workplace. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Can You Really Bring Your Whole Self to Work?," 4 Dec. 2019 While not everyone is able to become an American Express Platinum Member, the company is curating conscious projects to make sure there is support for underrepresented businesses. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Tessa Thompson Talks Her Love For Nostalgic Pieces And The Importance Of Supporting Small Businesses," 4 Dec. 2019 Of course a book can be aesthetically good and present a perspective that’s underrepresented. Kathleen Rooney, chicagotribune.com, "Rediscovering Bette Howland: A vital Chicago voice resurfaces in ‘Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage’," 20 Nov. 2019 The only real measure of progress would be to see more original stories that showcase underrepresented perspectives, unburdened by the baggage of franchise history. Mark Lieberman, Anchorage Daily News, "Kristen Stewart is a lively shot in the arm for tired ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot," 13 Nov. 2019 Her life has been reduced to broad strokes—escaped from slavery, helped others do the same, advocated for underrepresented groups’ rights—and her individual character overlooked in favor of portraying an idealized superhuman. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "The True Story Behind the Harriet Tubman Movie," 30 Oct. 2019 The committee apologized for omitting scenes created by students from underrepresented populations. Alan Hovorka, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW apologizes, deletes diversity video featuring all-white student body after outcry," 2 Oct. 2019 By contrast, when previously underrepresented groups have equal power and influence, new and previously overlooked possibilities emerge. Valla Vakili, Quartz at Work, "The future of work will be far less frightening when there’s more women in AI," 25 Sep. 2019 One is almost tempted by the idea that Harvard’s preferences for underrepresented minorities might be justified simply to level the scales a bit. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Harvard’s ‘Legacy’ Preferences Are a National Disgrace," 23 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of underrepresented

1853, in the meaning defined above

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8 Dec 2019

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“Underrepresented.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underrepresented. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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