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underprivileged

adjective uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈprɪv.ɪ.lɪdʒd/ us    /-dɚ-/
without the money, possessions, education, opportunities, etc. that the average person has: Children from an underprivileged family background are statistically more likely to become involved in crime.

underprivileged

noun [plural] uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈprɪv.ɪ.lɪdʒd/ us    /-dɚ-/
the underprivileged polite phrase for poor people: The charity raises money for holidays for the underprivileged.
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