deprivation Definition

  • 1the damaging lack of material benefits considered to be basic necessities in a society
  • 2the state of being kept from possessing, enjoying, or using something
  • 3the act of removing or withholding something from someone

Using deprivation: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "deprivation" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The children suffered from malnutrition due to the deprivation of food.

  • Example

    The prisoners were subjected to sleep deprivation as a form of torture.

  • Example

    The government's policies led to the deprivation of basic human rights.

deprivation Synonyms and Antonyms

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Phrases with deprivation

  • the deliberate reduction or removal of stimuli from one or more of the senses, often used in psychological experiments


    The sensory deprivation experiment aimed to study the effects of isolation on the human mind.

  • the condition of not having enough sleep, often caused by stress or overwork


    Sleep deprivation can lead to a range of health problems, including fatigue and weakened immune system.

  • a soundproof and lightproof tank filled with saltwater that is used for sensory deprivation therapy


    The deprivation chamber is designed to help individuals achieve deep relaxation and reduce stress levels.

Origins of deprivation

from Latin 'deprivare', meaning 'to deprive'


Summary: deprivation in Brief

Deprivation [ˌdɛprɪˈveɪʃən] refers to the damaging lack of basic necessities or the state of being kept from possessing, enjoying, or using something. It can be caused by poverty, government policies, or intentional actions like sleep deprivation. Phrases like 'sensory deprivation' and 'sleep deprivation' denote specific types of deprivation. The term is formal and can be used in place of 'lack' or 'absence.'

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