- 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
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- 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.
- to subject to disadvantage: I was disadvantaged by illness.
Origin of disadvantage
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Examples from the Web for disadvantaged
“No, the church has to be on the side of the most disadvantaged, of the poorest, of the helpless,” the padre tells us.Mexico’s Holy Warrior Against the Cartels
November 18, 2014
Meanwhile, we know that disadvantaged students of color end up being over-represented in the prison-industrial complex.How Charter Schools and Testing Regimes Have Helped Re-Segregate Our Schools
May 16, 2014
He even suggested that these disadvantaged kids “sweep the floor of the cafeteria” as payment for their meals.The Right's Case of Affluenza
December 19, 2013
Bergoglio is unpretentious and an advocate for the disadvantaged.The New Pope Is an Advocate for the Poor
March 13, 2013
The Republicans are disadvantaged because they won't make priorities.Negotiating Advice for Republicans
December 10, 2012
Let us next see how the Allies were advantaged and disadvantaged by their position.A General Sketch of the European War
But our fundamental goals must be to reduce dependency and upgrade the dignity of those who are infirm or disadvantaged.
And he is so little ashamed of or disadvantaged by his condition that he is not prepared to spend an hour in remedying it.A Treatise on Parents and Children
George Bernard Shaw
But additional jobs for the disadvantaged deserve special attention.
Therefore, I will propose a new program to encourage businesses to hire young and disadvantaged Americans.
- socially or economically deprived or discriminated against
- 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
Word Origin and History for disadvantaged
1610s, past participle adjective from disadvantage (v.). 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.