disadvantaged(redirected from disadvantagedness)
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1. Deprived of some of the basic necessities or advantages of life, such as adequate housing, medical care, or educational facilities.
2. 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).
n. (used with a pl. verb)
Deprived people considered as a group. Often used with the.
(Social Welfare) socially or economically deprived or discriminated against
dis•ad•van•taged(ˌdɪs ədˈvæn tɪdʒd, -ˈvɑn-)
lacking the necessities and comforts of life.
Lacking in some or many of the basic necessities of life, such as a decent standard of living, good housing, and medical care.
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|Adj.||1.||disadvantaged - marked by deprivation especially of the necessities of life or healthful environmental influences; "a childhood that was unhappy and deprived, the family living off charity"; "boys from a deprived environment, wherein the family life revealed a pattern of neglect, moral degradation, and disregard for law"|
underprivileged - lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society
adj → benachteiligt