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underclass

noun [C, usually singular]
 
 
/ˈʌndəˌklɑːs/ ECONOMICS
the poorest people in a society, especially when discussing their lack of opportunities to find work: Letting guest workers into America doesn't create an underclass. The nation needs to reduce the vast gap between the wealthy and a jobless underclass.
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