AskDefine | Define disadvantaged

Dictionary Definition

disadvantaged adj : marked by deprivation especially of the necessities of life or healthful environmental influences; "a childhood that was unhappy and deprived, the family living off charity"; "boys from a deprived environment, wherein the family life revealed a pattern of neglect, moral degradation, and disregard for law" [syn: deprived]

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  1. past of disadvantage


  1. Lacking an advantage relative to another.
  2. Poor.


lacking an advantage relative to another

Extensive Definition

The "disadvantaged" is a generic term for individuals or groups of people who:

Economically disadvantaged

In common usage "the disadvantaged" is a generic term for those "from lower-income backgrounds" or "the Disadvantaged Poor" or business grants
The "disadvantaged" is often applied in a third world context and typically relate to women with reduced "upward mobility", there is even more of a divide between the classes today than in the 1920s, meaning that the disadvantaged are becoming more economically disadvantaged. The current economy in the United States is one that has divided the rich and the poor, with the rich taking the bulk of the gains in productivity of the last several decades. The majority of those termed as disadvantaged live in the developing world with no or insufficient readily available running water, electricity or sanitation.


Disadvantaged area

Many governments use Disadvantaged area as a designation for various "problem" areas. In the UK "disadvanted ares" is a term used for areas where there is a need "to stimulate the physical, economic and social regeneration" by attracting development and encouraging the purchase of residential and commercial properties in special provisions for Stamp Tax relief and for areas where health is an issue. In Ireland, three categories of disadvantaged area were established in 1975
a) areas which exhibited the conditions as specified in Council Directive75/272/EEC were designated as Less Severely Handicapped;
b) areas at a) where it could be demonstrated that conditions were particularly severe were further classified as More Severely Handicapped;
c) certain mountainous areas were classified as Mountain Sheep Grazing areas.
In the US The "Nursing Relief for Disadvantaged Areas Act" allowed qualifying hospitals to employ temporary foreign workers as Registered Nurses (RNs).


See also

disadvantaged in Japanese: 社会的弱者

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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