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[dep-ruh-vey-shuh n] /ˌdɛp rəˈveɪ ʃən/
the act of depriving.
the fact of being deprived.
dispossession; loss.
removal from ecclesiastical office.
Origin of deprivation
1525-35; < Medieval Latin dēprīvātiōn- (stem of dēprīvātiō), equivalent to dēprīvāt(us) deprived (past participle of dēprīvāre; see deprive, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
nondeprivation, noun
predeprivation, noun
self-deprivation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for deprivation
  • The stories never blame savagery on poverty or deprivation, arguing instead that human character matters.
  • Then they explained it to me in words that helped me finally understand what all the rationing and deprivation had been about.
  • Even in the prosperous West there are still serious problems of poverty and deprivation which must be dealt with.
  • Their formula allows governments to look at all kinds of deprivation, not just areas related to income.
  • Again, this may sound rather like deprivation, but indoor trees do not need much in the way of nutrients.
  • High stress and prolonged sleep deprivation cause many of the same problems.
  • This is usually caused by longterm deprivation from empathy.
  • The first seven days of deprivation will be sheer misery, but stay on track.
  • It is news to nobody that social deprivation wreaks harm in multiple ways.
  • Sleep deprivation is not just about feeling tired.
British Dictionary definitions for deprivation


an act or instance of depriving
the state of being deprived: social deprivation, a cycle of deprivation and violence
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Word Origin and History for deprivation

mid-15c., "removal from office or position," from Medieval Latin deprivationem (nominative deprivatio), noun of action from past participle stem of deprivare (see deprive).

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deprivation in Medicine

deprivation dep·ri·va·tion (děp'rə-vā'shən)
The absence, loss, or withholding of something needed.

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