necessitous

[ nuh-ses-i-tuh s ]
/ nəˈsɛs ɪ təs /

adjective

destitute or impoverished; needy; indigent: to aid a necessitous young mother.
being essential or unavoidable: a necessitous discharge of responsibilities.
requiring immediate attention or action; urgent: the necessitous demands of the oil shortage.

Nearby words

  1. necessary stool,
  2. necessitarian,
  3. necessitarianism,
  4. necessitate,
  5. necessitation,
  6. necessitude,
  7. necessity,
  8. necessity is the mother of invention,
  9. nechako,
  10. neches

Origin of necessitous

First recorded in 1605–15; necessit(y) + -ous

Related forms
Can be confusednecessary necessitous (see synonym study at necessary)

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British Dictionary definitions for necessitous

necessitous

/ (nɪˈsɛsɪtəs) /

adjective

very needy; destitute; poverty-stricken
Derived Formsnecessitously, adverb

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