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indigence

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noun in·di·gence \ˈin-di-jən(t)s\

Definition of indigence

  1. :  a level of poverty in which real hardship and deprivation are suffered and comforts of life are wholly lacking



Examples of indigence in a sentence

  1. <there are various state and federal programs to help relieve indigence>



14th Century

First Known Use of indigence

14th century

Synonym Discussion of indigence

poverty, indigence, penury, want, destitution mean the state of one with insufficient resources. poverty may cover a range from extreme want of necessities to an absence of material comforts <the extreme poverty of the slum dwellers>. indigence implies seriously straitened circumstances <the indigence of her years as a graduate student>. penury suggests a cramping or oppressive lack of money <a catastrophic illness that condemned them to years of penury>. want and destitution imply extreme poverty that threatens life itself through starvation or exposure <lived in a perpetual state of want> <the widespread destitution in countries beset by famine>.

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indigence

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noun in·di·gence \ˈin-də-jəns\

Legal Definition of indigence

  1. :  impoverished hardship and deprivation





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