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disadvantagedadjective

uk   /ˌdɪs.ədˈvɑːn.tɪdʒd/  us   /ˌdɪs.ədˈvæn.t̬ɪdʒd/
C1 not having the ​standard of ​livingconditions, ​education, etc. that most ​people have: A new ​educationalprogramme has been set up for ​economically disadvantaged ​children.

disadvantagednoun [plural]

uk   /ˌdɪs.ədˈvɑːn.tɪdʒd/  us   /ˌdɪs.ədˈvæn.t̬ɪdʒd/
the disadvantaged
people who do not have good ​livingconditions, a good ​standard of ​education, etc., ​considered as a ​group: These ​measures are ​intended to ​help the disadvantaged.
(Definition of disadvantaged from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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disadvantagedadjective

 us   /ˌdɪs·ədˈvæn·tɪdʒd/
(of ​people) not having the ​benefits, such as enough ​money and a ​healthysocialsituation, that ​others have, and ​therefore having less ​opportunity to be ​successful: Head Start is an ​educationalprogram for disadvantaged ​preschoolchildren.
(Definition of disadvantaged from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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