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[in-di-juh ns] /ˈɪn dɪ dʒəns/
seriously impoverished condition; poverty.
Origin of indigence
1325-75; Middle English < Latin indigentia need. See indigent, -ence
Can be confused
indigence, indigents.
privation, need, want, penury.
wealth. Unabridged
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  • He is ever a handful of pocket change away from utter indigence.
  • The coastal counties have lots of people on indigence.
  • As you can see, these hands belong to an old and impoverished individual who can behold nothing but misery and indigence.
  • indigence cast a shadow over everything he attempted.
  • Economists have observed that extremely poor people tend to act in ways that worsen their indigence.
  • Medical costs are therefore a common cause of indigence in this age group.
  • Applications for indigence must be made through the mediation office prior to the scheduled mediation conference.
  • Immigrants who meet the indigence exception are exempt from sponsor deeming.
  • Charge will be waived upon written proof of indigence.
  • Counsel shall be promptly appointed after receiving the application and determining indigence.
Word Origin and History for indigence

late 14c., from Old French indigence "indigence, need, privation" (13c.), from Latin indigentia "need, want; insatiable desire," from indigentem (nominative indigens), present participle of indigere "to need," from indu "in, within" + egere "be in need, want," from PIE *eg- "to lack" (cf. Old Norse ekla "want, lack," Old High German eccherode "thin, weak").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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