[dep-ruh-vey-shuh n]


the act of depriving.
the fact of being deprived.
dispossession; loss.
removal from ecclesiastical office.

Origin of deprivation

1525–35; < Medieval Latin dēprīvātiōn- (stem of dēprīvātiō), equivalent to dēprīvāt(us) deprived (past participle of dēprīvāre; see deprive, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsnon·dep·ri·va·tion, nounpre·dep·ri·va·tion, nounself-dep·ri·va·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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an act or instance of depriving
the state of being deprivedsocial deprivation; a cycle of deprivation and violence
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Word Origin and History for deprivation

mid-15c., "removal from office or position," from Medieval Latin deprivationem (nominative deprivatio), noun of action from past participle stem of deprivare (see deprive).

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deprivation in Medicine




The absence, loss, or withholding of something needed.
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