A state of deprivation means something is missing, and the situation is serious. If you're suffering from sleep deprivation, you haven't slept in a long time.

If you know the word deprive — meaning to keep something away from someone — then you’re close to knowing what deprivation means. It describes the state of not having something. Poor people experience a lot of deprivation: poverty keeps them from having enough food or shelter. Plants experiencing water deprivation will shrivel up and die. If you’re grounded your parents might impose video game deprivation, although this word is usually reserved for when you’re lacking something really serious.

Definitions of deprivation

n the disadvantage that results from losing something

“losing him is no great deprivation
Type of:
the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position

n act of depriving someone of food or money or rights

deprivation of civil rights”
impoverishment, pauperisation, pauperization
the act of making someone poor
starvation, starving
the act of depriving of food or subjecting to famine
Type of:
social control
control exerted (actively or passively) by group action

n a state of extreme poverty

neediness, privation, want
Type of:
impoverishment, poorness, poverty
the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions

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