Destitute meaning

dĕstĭ-to͝ot, -tyo͝ot
The definition of destitute refers to not having the basic necessities of life.

An example of destitute is a homeless person with no money.

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Lacking the necessities of life; living in complete poverty.
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Lacking resources or the means of subsistence; completely impoverished.
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Utterly lacking; devoid.

Young recruits destitute of any experience.

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Lacking something; devoid; especially lacking money; poor, impoverished, poverty-stricken.
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Not having; being without; lacking (with of)

Destitute of trees.

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Abandoned; forsaken.
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Origin of destitute

  • Middle English from Latin dēstitūtus past participle of dēstituere to abandon dē- de- statuere to set stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin dēstitūtus.

    From Wiktionary