Examples of indigent in a Sentence
… 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
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. Tuchman, The First Salute, 1988
He went around climbing dark stairs and knocking on doors and taking flash photos of indigent families in their dwellings. —E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime, (1974) 1975
Because he was indigent, the court appointed a lawyer to defend him.
The clinic provides free care for indigent patients.
Recent Examples of indigent from the Web
WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court ruled narrowly Monday that indigent defendants have a right to mental health experts who can assist in their defense, rather than merely impartial psychiatrists.
The Council, which has underwritten a program that since 2013 has defended all indigent immigrants in deportation proceedings, vowed to continue it — without restrictions.
West Virginia has the country’s highest death rate from overdoses—so many that the state has already exhausted its indigent burial fund for the current fiscal year.
That is the public defender model currently used by the New York Immigrant Family Unity Project, a model studied nationally that since 2013 has provided services primarily for indigent immigrants who have been detained.
County budget forecasters believe that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act — commonly called Obamacare — would make the county responsible for some $75 million in additional health care costs for indigent people.
Contractor C.W. Matthews had the enormous task of rebuilding the portion of the bridge that collapsed – presumably the result of a fire set by an indigent man – with completion expected by Memorial Day.
Perhaps the most far-reaching program under Rowe's watch has been Quality of Life offering prescription medication through corporate and state patient assistance programs, which help provide free medication for the medically indigent.
The state of Illinois has a fund for indigent burials, used to reimburse coroner's offices.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
INDIGENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of indigent for English Language Learners
: lacking money : very poor
Legal Definition of indigent
: suffering from indigence the indigent defendant was provided with counsel
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