Pronunciation: (dis"ud-van'tijd, -vän'-), [key]
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 pl. v.) disadvantaged persons collectively (usually prec. by the): The Senator advocates increased funding for federal programs that aid the disadvantaged.
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