American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Deprived of some of the basic necessities or advantages of life, such as adequate housing, medical care, or educational facilities.
- adj. 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. Deprived people considered as a group. Often used with the.
- v. Simple past tense and past participle of disadvantage.
- adj. Lacking an advantage relative to another.
- adj. Poor; in financial difficulties.
- adj. marked by deprivation especially of the necessities of life or healthful environmental influences
“The public pension funds once touted these programs as a way to give what they called "disadvantaged groups" access and opportunity.”
“I notice that there's … you've earmarked half a million dollars for under … what they call disadvantaged schools.”
“Life - even for those of us who grew up "disadvantaged" is not a universal constant.”
“Families in disadvantaged neighborhoods aren't the only victims of the lottery nightmare depicted in Waiting for 'Superman.”
“I get that there are other people who are disadvantaged from the start, but really, honestly, I came from that same kind of background (single parent, multiple divorces, abuse, etc) and I'll be graduating this spring with a job in art.”
“A major piece of research, commissioned by Media Trust, reveals there is an opportunity for Community Voices to add real value to current media activities within disadvantaged and isolated communities.”
“The idea that one owes special help to those most unfairly disadvantaged is not in way like the idea that one may go out of one's way to help those like oneself (in my case, white and male) however great their advantages, and however unfairly those advantages may have been achieved and sustained.”
“The high price paid by those children who are most disadvantaged is brought home powerfully.”
“The small type adds: For decades, oil companies like ours have worked in disadvantaged areas, influencing policy in order to do there what we can't do at home.”
“The one-off bonus taxation will raise a substantial amount of money, banging on about the deficit all the time forgets the fact that we are still in a recession and that growth has not yet really returned – so, for now, raising money to protect front line services and helping those that are disadvantaged is to me something we should be encouraging.”
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