disadvantaged definition by Webster's New World
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deprived of a decent standard of living, education, etc. by poverty and a lack of opportunity; underprivileged
disadvantaged definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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 . . . disadvantaged conventional forces on one hand and strategic nuclear forces on the other” (Bernard Rogers).
Deprived people considered as a group. Often used with the.
- disˌad·vanˈtaged·ness noun
Variant of disadvantage
- an unfavorable situation or circumstance; drawback; handicap
- loss or injury, as to reputation or credit; detriment
Origin: Middle English disavauntage ; from Old French desavantage: see dis- and amp; advantage