Privation Pri*va"tion (pr[-i]*v[=a]"sh[u^]n), n. [L. privatio: cf. F. privation. See {Private}.] 1. The act of depriving, or taking away; hence, the depriving of rank or office; degradation in rank; deprivation. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. The state of being deprived or destitute of something, especially of something required or desired; destitution; need; as, to undergo severe privations. [1913 Webster]

3. The condition of being absent; absence; negation. [1913 Webster]

Evil will be known by consequence, as being only a privation, or absence, of good. --South. [1913 Webster]

Privation mere of light and absent day. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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