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Meaning of disadvantaged

dis•ad•van•taged

Pronunciation: (dis"ud-van'tijd, -vän'-), [key]
— adj.
  1. 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.
—n.
  1. disadvantaged persons collectively (usually prec. by the): The Senator advocates increased funding for federal programs that aid the disadvantaged.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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