Indigent definition

ĭndĭ-jənt
Frequency:
(archaic) Lacking or deficient.
adjective
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A poor or destitute person.
noun
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Experiencing want or need; impoverished.

Distributed food to indigent families.

adjective
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A person in need, or in poverty.
noun
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In poverty; poor; needy; destitute.
adjective
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Poor; destitute; in need.
adjective
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The definition of an indigent is a person who is poor or needy.

An example of an indigent is a single parent who just lost a job.

noun
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(archaic) Lacking; destitute (of)
adjective
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Indigent is defined as someone who has little or nothing.

An example of indigent is a homeless person.

adjective
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An indigent person.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
indigent
Plural:
indigents

Origin of indigent

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin indigēns indigent- present participle of indigēre to need indu- in en in Indo-European roots egēre to lack

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

  • Circa 1400, Middle French, from Latin indigentem, form of indigere (“to need”), from indu (“in, within”) + egere (“be in need, want”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Only relation to antonym affluent is common Latinate suffix +‎ -ent.

    From Wiktionary