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indigence

[ in-di-juhns ]
/ ˈɪn dɪ dʒəns /
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noun
seriously impoverished condition; poverty.
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Origin of indigence

1325–75; Middle English <Latin indigentia need. See indigent, -ence

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH indigence

indigence , indigents
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