[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.

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) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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