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Meaning of INDIGENT

Pronunciation:  'indijent

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[adj]  poor enough to need help from others
 

INDIGENT is a 8 letter word that starts with I.

 

 Synonyms: destitute, impoverished, necessitous, needy, poor, poverty-stricken
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\In"di*gent\, a. [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.]
1. Wanting; void; free; destitute; -- used with of. [Obs.]
   --Bacon.

2. Destitute of property or means of comfortable subsistence;
   needy; poor; in want; necessitous.

         Indigent faint souls past corporal toil. --Shak.

         Charity consists in relieving the indigent.
                                               --Addison.

 
Legal Dictionary
 
 Definition: Needy or impoverished. A defendant who can demonstrate his or her indigence to the court may be assigned a court-appointed attorney at public expense.
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: almsman, almswoman, bankrupt, beggar, beggared, beggarly, bereaved, bereft, casual, charity case, deprived, destitute, disadvantaged, down-and-out, down-and-outer, flat broke, fleeced, ghettoized, hard up, hardcase, impecunious, impoverished, in need, in rags, in want, mendicant, necessitous, needy, on relief, out at elbows, pauper, pauperized, penniless, penniless man, penurious, poor, poor devil, poor man, poorling, poverty-stricken, short, starveling, strapped, stripped, underprivileged, welfare client
 

 

 

 

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