- The definition of a have not is someone or a group of people who does not possess as much material wealth or resources as others.
A have not is a homeless person who lives on the street.
have-not definition by Webster's New World
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a person or nation with little wealth or poor resources
have-not definition by American Heritage Dictionary
One enjoying little or no material wealth: “The gap between the haves and the have-nots still shows up clearly at the polls” (Brad Edmondson).