Meaning of “disadvantaged” in the English Dictionary

"disadvantaged" in British English

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disadvantagedadjective

uk /ˌdɪs.ədˈvɑːn.tɪdʒd/ us /ˌdɪs.ədˈvæn.t̬ɪdʒd/

C1 not having the standard of living conditions, education, etc. that most people have:

A new educational programme 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 living conditions, 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)

"disadvantaged" in American English

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disadvantagedadjective

us /ˌdɪs·ədˈvæn·tɪdʒd/

(of people) not having the benefits, such as enough money and a healthy social situation, that others have, and therefore having less opportunity to be successful:

Head Start is an educational program for disadvantaged preschool children.

(Definition of “disadvantaged” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)