- lacking food, clothing, and other necessities of life because of poverty; needy; poor; impoverished.
- deficient in what is requisite.
- destitute (usually followed by of).
- a person who is indigent.
Origin of indigent
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Examples from the Web for indigent
The lawyers of ArchCity Defenders specialize in representing the indigent and the homeless.Ferguson Feeds Off the Poor: Three Warrants a Year Per Household
August 22, 2014
In addition, many Texans believed that the role of helping the indigent belonged to the church.How Religion Turned Texas Red
August 20, 2014
She emphasizes that the indigent detainees who will benefit from this program are not all undocumented.New York City Letting Immigrants Lawyer Up for Free
June 26, 2014
Herrera is seeking to have the city reimbursed for its care of indigent patients it claims were dumped there by Nevada.Nevada Sued for ‘Greyhound Therapy’ for Mentally Ill Patients
John L. Smith
September 23, 2013
In New York, state law has authorized courts to appoint lawyers on behalf of indigent criminal defendants since 1881.Fifty Years Later, Right to Lawyer Remains ‘Unfunded Mandate’
March 18, 2013
Fancy a school for novelists, with night classes for indigent poets!The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
The windows without curtains had an indigent, sleepless look.Under Western Eyes
Whoever has need of another is indigent, and assumes a posture.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
At one period he realised about £10,000, but he was latterly unfortunate and indigent.
He summed up in a disparaging glance the background of indigent furniture.The Touchstone
- so poor as to lack even necessities; very needy
- (usually foll by of) archaic lacking (in) or destitute (of)
- an impoverished person
Word Origin and History for indigent
c.1400, from Old French indigent, from Latin indigentem (see indigence). As a noun, "poor person," from early 15c.