What does privation mean?

Definitions for privation
praɪˈveɪ ʃənpri·va·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. privation, want, deprivation, needinessnoun

    a state of extreme poverty

  2. privation, deprivationnoun

    act of depriving someone of food or money or rights

    "nutritional privation"; "deprivation of civil rights"


  1. privationnoun

    The state of being deprived of or lacking an attribute formerly or properly possessed; the loss or absence of such an attribute.

  2. privationnoun

    The state of being very poor, and lacking the basic necessities of life.

  3. privationnoun

    The act of depriving someone of such basic necessities; deprivation.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Privationnoun

    Etymology: privation, Fr. privatio, Lat.

    For, what is this contagious sin of kind,
    But a privation of that grace within. Davies.

    So bounded are our natural desires,
    That wanting all, and setting pain aside,
    With bare privation sense is satisfy’d. Dryden.

    After some account of good, evil will be known by consequence, as being only a privation or absence of good. South.

    A privation is the absence of what does naturally belong to the thing, or which ought to be present with it; as when a man or horse is deaf or dead, or a physician or divine unlearned; these are privations. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    If part of the people or estate be somewhat in the election, you cannot make them nulls or cyphers in the privation or translation. Francis Bacon.

    If the privation be good, it follows not the former condition was evil, but less good; for the flower or blossom is a positive good, although the remove of it, to give place to the fruit, be a comparative good. Francis Bacon.


  1. Privation

    Privation is the absence or lack of basic necessities.


  1. privation

    Privation refers to the loss or absence of a quality, attribute, or basic necessity that is considered essential or vital for normal function and wellbeing. In other words, privation is a state of lacking or being deprived of something, especially of a necessity or comfort. It can be applied in different contexts such as poverty, lack of education, lack of emotional care, and others.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Privationnoun

    the act of depriving, or taking away; hence, the depriving of rank or office; degradation in rank; deprivation

  2. Privationnoun

    the state of being deprived or destitute of something, especially of something required or desired; destitution; need; as, to undergo severe privations

  3. Privationnoun

    the condition of being absent; absence; negation

  4. Etymology: [L. privatio: cf. F. privation. See Private.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Privation

    prī-vā′shun, n. state of being deprived of something, esp. of what is necessary for comfort: destitution: (logic) absence of any quality: (obs.) degradation or suspension from an office.—adj. Priv′ative, causing privation: consisting in the absence of something.—n. that which is privative or depends on the absence of something else: (logic) a term denoting the absence of a quality: (gram.) a prefix denoting absence or negation.—adv. Priv′atively.—n. Priv′ativeness. [L.; cf. Private.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of privation in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of privation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of privation in a Sentence

  1. John Kenneth Galbraith:

    The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor.

  2. Pope Francis about perceptions:

    The soul of the Cuban people ... was forged amid suffering and privation which would not suppress the faith.

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