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

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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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