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Meaning of INDIGENT

Pronunciation:  'indijent

WordNet Dictionary
[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
\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.]

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.

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.
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