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adjective in·di·gent \ˈin-di-jənt\

: lacking money : very poor

Full Definition of INDIGENT

:  suffering from extreme poverty :  impoverished
a archaic :  deficient
b archaic :  totally lacking in something specified
indigent noun

Examples of INDIGENT

  1. Because he was indigent, the court appointed a lawyer to defend him.
  2. The clinic provides free care for indigent patients.
  3. … every day, I fled the house and drove aimlessly over mountain roads that passed by indigent farms and strange, unpainted churches. —Mark Singer, New Yorker, 25 Dec. 2000 & 1 Jan. 2001

Origin of INDIGENT

Middle English, from Middle French, from Old French, from Latin indigent-, indigens, present participle of indigēre to need, from Old Latin indu + Latin egēre to need; perhaps akin to Old High German echerode poor
First Known Use: 15th century


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