Poverty meaning

pŏv'ər-tē
Poverty is the state of being poor, having little money or being in need of a specific quality.

An example of poverty is the state a person is in when he is homeless and has no money or assets.

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The state of being poor; lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts.
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Smallness in amount; scarcity; paucity.
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Deficiency in amount; scantiness.
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Unproductiveness; infertility.

The poverty of the soil.

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The condition or quality of being poor; indigence; need.
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Renunciation made by a member of a religious order of the right to own property.
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Deficiency in necessary properties or desirable qualities, or in a specific quality, etc.; inadequacy.

Poverty of the soil, poverty of imagination.

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The quality or state of being poor or indigent; want or scarcity of means of subsistence; indigence; need.
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Any deficiency of elements or resources that are needed or desired, or that constitute richness; as, poverty of soil; poverty of the blood; poverty of ideas.
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Origin of poverty

  • Middle English poverte from Old French from Latin paupertās from pauper poor pau-1 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English, from Old French poverté (Modern French pauvreté), from Latin paupertās, from pauper (“poor") + -tas (“noun of state suffix"). Cognates include pauper, poor.
    From Wiktionary