Privation meaning

prī-vāshən
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A depriving or being deprived; deprivation; specif., the loss or absence of some quality or condition.
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Lack of the ordinary necessities of life.
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(philosophy) The state of being deprived of or lacking an attribute formerly or properly possessed; the loss or absence of such an attribute.
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The condition of being without a specified quality or attribute.

The privation of liberty.

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The state of being very poor, and lacking the basic necessities of life.
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The act of depriving someone of such basic necessities; deprivation.
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Origin of privation

  • Middle English privacion from Old French privation from Latin prīvātiō prīvātiōn- from prīvātus past participle of prīvāre to deprive private

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin prÄ«vātiō; compare French privation. See private.

    From Wiktionary