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necessitous

[nuh-ses-i-tuh s] /nəˈsɛs ɪ təs/
adjective
1.
destitute or impoverished; needy; indigent:
to aid a necessitous young mother.
2.
being essential or unavoidable:
a necessitous discharge of responsibilities.
3.
requiring immediate attention or action; urgent:
the necessitous demands of the oil shortage.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; necessit(y) + -ous
Related forms
necessitously, adverb
necessitousness, noun
nonnecessitous, adjective
nonnecessitously, adverb
nonnecessitousness, noun
unnecessitous, adjective
unnecessitously, adverb
unnecessitousness, noun
Can be confused
necessary, necessitous (see synonym study at necessary)
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  • He rather is the poor wretch who is necessitous in the midst of plenty.
  • Suffice to say that its purpose is to protect the necessitous borrower from extortion.
British Dictionary definitions for necessitous

necessitous

/nɪˈsɛsɪtəs/
adjective
1.
very needy; destitute; poverty-stricken
Derived Forms
necessitously, adverb
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