disadvantaged  [adj] underprivileged deprived, discriminated against, handicapped, hindered, impaired, impoverished, poor; concept 334 —Ant. privileged, prosperous, rich, wealthy

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  • disadvantaged — 1610s, pp. adj. from DISADVANTAGE (Cf. disadvantage). 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • disadvantaged — adjective burdened, deprived, handicapped, impeded, prejudiced, retarded, weakened Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • disadvantaged — [dis΄əd vant′ijd] adj. deprived of a decent standard of living, education, etc. by poverty and a lack of opportunity; underprivileged …   English World dictionary

  • Disadvantaged — The disadvantaged is a generic term for individuals or groups of people who: Face special problems such as physical or mental disability [4][5] Lack money or economic support.[1] Are politically deemed to be without sufficient power or other… …   Wikipedia

  • disadvantaged — [[t]dɪ̱sədvɑ͟ːntɪʤd, væ̱n [/t]] ADJ GRADED People who are disadvantaged or live in disadvantaged areas live in bad conditions and tend not to get a good education or have a reasonable standard of living. ...the educational problems of… …   English dictionary

  • disadvantaged — dis|ad|van|taged [ˌdısədˈva:ntıdʒd US ˈvæn ] adj 1.) having social problems, such as a lack of money or education, which make it difficult for you to succeed ▪ disadvantaged areas of the city 2.) the disadvantaged [plural] people who are… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • disadvantaged — disadvantagedness, n. /dis euhd van tijd, vahn /, adj. 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… …   Universalium

  • disadvantaged — dis|ad|van|taged [ ,dısəd væntıdʒd ] adjective disadvantaged people do not have the same advantages as other people, for example because they do not have much money: economically/socially disadvantaged disadvantaged urban areas …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • disadvantaged — UK [ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒd] / US [ˌdɪsədˈvæntɪdʒd] adjective disadvantaged people do not have the same advantages as other people, for example because they do not have much money economically/socially disadvantaged disadvantaged urban areas …   English dictionary

  • disadvantaged —    poor    Sociological jargon which has passed into standard English, suggesting that those so described have lost an advantage which they once enjoyed, such as having rich parents or good schooling:     I do want to help him because he s black… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

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