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"underprivileged" in British English

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underprivilegedadjective

uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈprɪv.ɪ.lɪdʒd/  us   /-dɚ-/
without the ​money, possessions, ​education, ​opportunities, etc. that the ​averageperson has: Children from an underprivileged ​familybackground are ​statistically more ​likely to ​becomeinvolved in ​crime.

underprivilegednoun [plural]

uk   /ˌʌn.dəˈprɪv.ɪ.lɪdʒd/  us   /-dɚ-/
the underprivileged polite phrase forpoorpeople: The ​charityraisesmoney for ​holidays for the underprivileged.
(Definition of underprivileged from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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underprivilegedadjective

 us   /ˌʌn·dərˈprɪv·lɪdʒd/
lacking the ​money and the ​basicsocialadvantages that most ​people have; ​poor: a ​summercamp for underprivileged ​children
(Definition of underprivileged from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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