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Definition of "disadvantaged" []

  • Deprived of some of the basic necessities or advantages of life, such as adequate housing, medical care, or educational facilities. (adjective)
  • 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). (adjective)
  • Deprived people considered as a group. Often used with the. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "disadvantaged" in a sentence
  • "The public pension funds once touted these programs as a way to give what they called "disadvantaged groups" access and opportunity."
  • "I notice that there's … you've earmarked half a million dollars for under … what they call disadvantaged schools."
  • "Life - even for those of us who grew up "disadvantaged" is not a universal constant."