destitute, impoverished, indigent, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken(adj)
poor enough to need help from others
A person in need, or in poverty
Poor; destitute; in need.
Origin: Circa 1400, , from indigentem, form of indigere, from indu + egere.\
wanting; void; free; destitute; -- used with of
destitute of property or means of comfortable subsistence; needy; poor; in want; necessitous
Origin: [L. indigent, L. indigens, p. p. of indigere to stand in need of, fr. OL. indu (fr. in- in) + L. egere to be needy, to need.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in′di-jent, adj. in need of anything: destitute of means of subsistence: poor.—n. In′digence.—adv. In′digently. [Fr.,—L. indigens, -entis, pr.p. of indigĕre—indu, or in, in, egēre, to need.]
The numerical value of indigent in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of indigent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Both states have changed the way in which indigent capital defense is provided. Counsel makes a huge difference.
Up until now, Mr. Panetti has had to proceed without any expert assistance, he is indigent, has been on death row for 20 years and has no way to afford his own mental health professionals.
I really can't explain why so many people are confident about their ability to pay for long-term care, it might be that they think - wrongly - that Medicare is going to cover it, or maybe they'll just spend down to indigent levels and go on Medicaid. But there's no way this is a justifiable sense of optimism.
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- indigentCatalan, Valencian
- mittellos, bedürftigGerman
- köyhä, puutteenalainen, varatonFinnish
- աղքատ, չքավորArmenian
- onbemiddeld, behoeftige, nooddruftig, arme, arm, behoeftig, armlastige, indigent, noodlijderDutch
- нищий, бедный, нуждающийся, бедствующийRussian
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