A destitute man sleeps on the street.
The definition of destitute refers to not having the basic necessities of life.
An example of destitute is a homeless person with no money.
- not having; being without; lacking (with of): destitute of trees
- lacking the necessities of life; living in complete poverty
- Obs. abandoned; forsaken
Origin of destituteMiddle English from Classical Latin destitutus, past participle of destituere, to forsake, abandon from de-, down, away + statuere, to set, place: see statute
- Lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished.
- Utterly lacking; devoid: Young recruits destitute of any experience.
Origin of destituteMiddle English from Latin dēstitūtus past participle of dēstituere to abandon dē- de- statuere to set ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin dēstitūtus.