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desvalido

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USAGE NOTE
This word must be preceded by the definite article in the sense shown in 3).
desvalido(
dehs
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bah
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lee
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (defenseless)
a. helpless
Puede que tenga una apariencia desvalida pero se las arregla por sí solo.He may look helpless, but he can look after himself.
b. destitute
No eres un joven desvalido; ve a ganarte la vida.You're not a destitute young man. Go and earn a living!
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
2. (defenseless person)
a. destitute person
Mi abuelo siempre me decía que estudiara mucho si no quería acabar siendo un desvalido.My grandfather always told me to study hard if I don't want to end up becoming a destitute person.
desvalidos
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
3. (defenseless people)
a. the destitute
Todos los meses la iglesia organiza una rifa para ayudar a los desvalidos.Every month the church organizes a raffle to help the destitute.
b. the helpless
¿Qué acciones puso en marcha el gobierno para proteger a los desvalidos?What were the actions taken by the government to protect the helpless?
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desvalido
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (general)
a. needy, destitute
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
2. (general)
a. needy o destitute person
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desvalido
adjective
1 (sin fuerzas) helpless
2 (desprotegido) destitute
niños desvalidos waifs and strays; los desvalidos (Política) the underprivileged
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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