deprived of a decent standard of living, education, etc. by poverty and a lack of opportunity; underprivileged
- Deprived of some of the basic necessities or advantages of life, such as adequate housing, medical care, or educational facilities.
- Being at a disadvantage, especially with respect to competitive or opposing elements or forces: “We can't have &ellipsis; disadvantaged conventional forces on one hand and strategic nuclear forces on the other” (Bernard Rogers).
noun(used with a pl. verb)
Deprived people considered as a group. Often used with the.
- Simple past tense and past participle of disadvantage.
Variant of disadvantage
- an unfavorable situation or circumstance; drawback; handicap
- loss or injury, as to reputation or credit; detriment
Origin of disadvantageMiddle English disavauntage ; from Old French desavantage: see dis- and amp; advantage
at a disadvantage
in an unfavorable situation (for doing something)