Being deprived means lacking important things like food and water. For example, when warm clothing, housing, and nutrition are in short supply, the people are deprived of basics of life.

You can use the adjective deprived to describe conditions or people who don’t have what they need or don't have enough. Some uses of deprived are for small things, like when you're deprived of dessert because you didn’t eat your vegetables, but most of the time deprived describes a very serious lack of essential things or services.

Definitions of deprived

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”
lacking the rights and advantages of other members of society

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