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[nuh-ses-i-tuh s]
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  1. destitute or impoverished; needy; indigent: to aid a necessitous young mother.
  2. being essential or unavoidable: a necessitous discharge of responsibilities.
  3. requiring immediate attention or action; urgent: the necessitous demands of the oil shortage.
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Origin of necessitous

First recorded in 1605–15; necessit(y) + -ous
Related formsne·ces·si·tous·ly, adverbne·ces·si·tous·ness, nounnon·ne·ces·si·tous, adjectivenon·ne·ces·si·tous·ly, adverbnon·ne·ces·si·tous·ness, nounun·ne·ces·si·tous, adjectiveun·ne·ces·si·tous·ly, adverbun·ne·ces·si·tous·ness, noun
Can be confusednecessary necessitous (see synonym study at necessary)
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Related Words for necessitous

bankrupt, beggarly, broke, destitute, down-and-out, flat, impecunious, impoverished, indigent, insolvent, low, meager, needy, penniless, penurious, poverty-stricken, reduced, scanty, strapped, suffering

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Historical Examples of necessitous

  • I then made her understand how money was the thing that was the least necessary to the necessitous.


    George Sand

  • That is true,” said I; “I have always said so, but you are not necessitous, and should not drab baulor.

    The Romany Rye

    George Borrow

  • So Washington in 1778 thought that "Marshall is not a necessitous man."

  • Therefore to you alone do we see all necessitous Muses have recourse.

  • He became intemperate; and his intemperance made her necessitous.

British Dictionary definitions for necessitous


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