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.
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