underserved

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See also: under-served

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

under- +‎ served

Adjective[edit]

underserved (comparative more underserved, superlative most underserved)

  1. Underresourced, not having sufficient service.
  2. (medicine) In regard to health services, refers to populations which are disadvantaged because of ability to pay, ability to access care, ability to access comprehensive healthcare, or other disparities for reasons of race, religion, language group or social status.
  3. Refers to a population not receiving adequate service, for example, due to inability to pay or barriers to access.
    Many families who live paycheck-to-paycheck are currently underserved by the financial services industry.

Usage notes[edit]

Not to be confused with undeserved.

Verb[edit]

underserved

  1. simple past tense and past participle of underserve