disadvantaged

[dis-uhd-van-tijd, -vahn-]
adjective
1.
lacking the normal or usual necessities and comforts of life, as proper housing, educational opportunities, job security, adequate medical care, etc.: The government extends help to disadvantaged minorities.
noun
2.
(used with a plural verb) disadvantaged persons collectively (usually preceded by the ): The senator advocates increased funding for federal programs that aid the disadvantaged.

Origin:
1930–35; disadvantage + -ed2

disadvantagedness, noun
nondisadvantaged, adjective, noun


1. poor, underprivileged, impoverished, deprived; handicapped, impaired, disabled.
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disadvantage

[dis-uhd-van-tij, -vahn-]
noun
1.
absence or deprivation of advantage or equality.
2.
the state or an instance of being in an unfavorable circumstance or condition: to be at a disadvantage.
3.
something that puts one in an unfavorable position or condition: His bad temper is a disadvantage.
4.
injury to interest, reputation, credit, profit, etc.; loss: Your behavior is a disadvantage to your family's good name.
verb (used with object), disadvantaged, disadvantaging.
5.
to subject to disadvantage: I was disadvantaged by illness.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English disavauntage < Anglo-French; Old French desavantage. See dis-1, advantage


1. drawback, inconvenience, hindrance. 4. detriment, hurt, harm, damage.
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disadvantage (ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒ)
 
n
1.  an unfavourable circumstance, state of affairs, thing, person, etc
2.  injury, loss, or detriment
3.  an unfavourable condition or situation (esp in the phrase at a disadvantage)
 
vb
4.  (tr) to put at a disadvantage; handicap

disadvantaged (ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒd)
 
adj
socially or economically deprived or discriminated against

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disadvantage
late 14c., from Fr. desavantage (13c.); see dis- + advantage. The verb is attested from 1530s, from the noun.

disadvantaged
1610s, pp. adj. from disadvantage. Of races or classes deprived of opportunities for advancement, from 1902, a word popularized by sociologists. As a noun, shorthand for disadvantaged persons, it is attested by 1939.
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Example sentences
But our fundamental goals must be to reduce dependency and upgrade the dignity
  of those who are infirm or disadvantaged.
Some agrotourism venues serve to encourage and protect threatened agrarian
  communities in disadvantaged countries.
The money is earmarked for bringing more guest writers on board, as well as
  scholarships for disadvantaged students.
It really is an ugly thing to say, about traditionally disadvantaged groups.
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