Simple Definition of poverty
: the state of being poor
: a lack of something
Full Definition of poverty
Examples of poverty in a sentence
He was born in poverty.
There is a poverty of information about the disease.
Origin of poverty
Middle English poverte, from Anglo-French poverté, from Latin paupertat-, paupertas, from pauper poor — more at poor
First Known Use: 12th century
Synonym Discussion of poverty
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Definition of poverty for Students
: the condition of being poor : lack of money or possessions
Medical Definition of poverty
: debility due to malnutrition <evidence of poverty in calves>
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