indigent

adjective in·di·gent \ ˈin-di-jənt \

Definition of indigent

1 :suffering from extreme poverty :impoverished
2 a archaic :deficient
b archaic :totally lacking in something specified

indigent

noun

Examples of indigent in a Sentence

  1. … every day, I fled the house and drove aimlessly over mountain roads that passed by indigent farms and strange, unpainted churches. —Mark SingerNew Yorker25 Dec. 2000 & 1 Jan. 2001
  2. A land post was offered him in November, 1765, as Governor of Greenwich Hospital, a shelter for disabled and indigent seamen and a place affording many openings for jobbery (the contemporary term for bureaucratic graft). —Barbara W. TuchmanThe First Salute1988
  3. He went around climbing dark stairs and knocking on doors and taking flash photos of indigent families in their dwellings. —E. L. DoctorowRagtime(1974) 1975
  4. Because he was indigent, the court appointed a lawyer to defend him.

  5. The clinic provides free care for indigent patients.

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Origin and Etymology 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


INDIGENT Defined for English Language Learners

indigent

adjective

Definition of indigent for English Language Learners

  • : lacking money : very poor


Law Dictionary

indigent

adjective in·di·gent \ ˈin-də-jənt \

legal Definition of indigent

:suffering from indigence
  • the indigent defendant was provided with counsel

indigent

noun


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