[ dis-uhd-van-tijd, -vahn- ]
/ ˌdɪs ədˈvæn tɪdʒd, -ˈvɑn- /


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 disadvantaged minorities.


(used with a plural verb) disadvantaged persons collectively (usually preceded by the): The senator advocates increased funding for federal programs that aid the disadvantaged.

Origin of disadvantaged

First recorded in 1930–35; disadvantage + -ed2

Related forms

dis·ad·van·taged·ness, nounnon·dis·ad·van·taged, adjective, noun

Definition for disadvantaged (2 of 2)


[ dis-uhd-van-tij, -vahn- ]
/ ˌdɪs ədˈvæn tɪdʒ, -ˈvɑn- /


absence or deprivation of advantage or equality.
the state or an instance of being in an unfavorable circumstance or condition: to be at a disadvantage.
something that puts one in an unfavorable position or condition: His bad temper is a disadvantage.
injury to interest, reputation, credit, profit, etc.; loss: Your behavior is a disadvantage to your family's good name.

verb (used with object), dis·ad·van·taged, dis·ad·van·tag·ing.

to subject to disadvantage: I was disadvantaged by illness.

Origin of disadvantage

1350–1400; Middle English disavauntage < Anglo-French; Old French desavantage. See dis-1, advantage
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British Dictionary definitions for disadvantaged (1 of 2)


/ (ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒd) /


socially or economically deprived or discriminated against

British Dictionary definitions for disadvantaged (2 of 2)


/ (ˌdɪsədˈvɑːntɪdʒ) /


an unfavourable circumstance, state of affairs, thing, person, etc
injury, loss, or detriment
an unfavourable condition or situation (esp in the phrase at a disadvantage)


(tr) to put at a disadvantage; handicap
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