Meaning of “underprivileged” in the English Dictionary

"underprivileged" in English

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uk /ˌʌn.dəˈprɪv.əl.ɪdʒd/ us /ˌʌn.dɚˈprɪv.əl.ɪdʒd/

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.

underprivilegednoun [ plural ]

uk /ˌʌn.dəˈprɪv.əl.ɪdʒd/ us /ˌʌn.dɚˈprɪv.əl.ɪdʒd/
the underprivileged

polite phrase for poor people:

The charity raises money for holidays for the underprivileged.

(Definition of “underprivileged” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"underprivileged" in American English

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us /ˌʌn·dərˈprɪv·lɪdʒd/

lacking the money and the basic social advantages that most people have; poor:

a summer camp for underprivileged children

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