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disadvantaged

[dis-uh d-van-tijd, -vahn-] /ˌdɪs ədˈvæn tɪdʒd, -ˈvɑn-/
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
1930-1935
1930-35; disadvantage + -ed2
Related forms
disadvantagedness, noun
nondisadvantaged, adjective, noun
Synonyms
1. poor, underprivileged, impoverished, deprived; handicapped, impaired, disabled, challenged.
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British Dictionary definitions for the disadvantaged

disadvantaged

/ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒd/
adjective
1.
socially or economically deprived or discriminated against
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Word Origin and History for the disadvantaged

disadvantaged

adj.

1610s, past participle adjective from disadvantage (v.). 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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