indigent

[in-di-juhnt]
adjective
1.
lacking food, clothing, and other necessities of life because of poverty; needy; poor; impoverished.
2.
Archaic.
a.
deficient in what is requisite.
b.
destitute (usually followed by of ).
noun
3.
a person who is indigent.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin indigent- (stem of indigēns) present participle of indigēre to need, lack, be poor, equivalent to ind- by-form of in- in-2 (cf. indagate) + -ig- (combining form of egēre to need, lack) + -ent- -ent

indigently, adverb

1. indigence, indigents ; 2. indigent, indignant.


1. necessitous, penurious, distressed.
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indigent (ˈɪndɪdʒənt)
 
adj
1.  so poor as to lack even necessities; very needy
2.  archaic (usually foll by of) lacking (in) or destitute (of)
 
n
3.  an impoverished person
 
[C14: from Latin indigēre to need, from egēre to lack]
 
'indigence
 
n
 
'indigently
 
adv

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indigent
c.1400, from Fr. indigent, from L. indigentem (see indigence).
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Example sentences
It was his first care to provide for the relief of the indigent, and his first
  visits were made to the hospitals and poor.
Depending on how he was fixed at any given time, a third to a half of his cases
  he was handling for free for indigent clients.
Far from indigent, he dressed well, drove fast cars and within a few months was
  breaking course records.
However, if you are divorced, he might be eligible for more government benefits
  if he is legally indigent.
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