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.
- ne·ces·si·tous·ly, adverb
- ne·ces·si·tous·ness, noun
- non·ne·ces·si·tous, adjective
- non·ne·ces·si·tous·ly, adverb
- non·ne·ces·si·tous·ness, noun
- un·ne·ces·si·tous, adjective
- un·ne·ces·si·tous·ly, adverb
- un·ne·ces·si·tous·ness, noun
- necessary, necessitous
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How to use necessitous in a sentence
The reasons for its adoption were, and are, still obviously wise, although not necessitous.Antonio Stradivari | Horace William Petherick
Alleviate the toil of the necessitous, but do not prevent their useful employment of time and means.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. I | Francis Augustus Cox
This venerable woman was prompt and undelaying in the relief she afforded to the necessitous.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II | Francis Augustus Cox
He chose a night when a steady, blowing rain had driven all but limousined and most necessitous traffic from the streets.Children of the Whirlwind | Leroy Scott
Yet the cost of so formidable a journey would be far beyond this necessitous one's means.Kai Lung's Golden Hours | Ernest Bramah
British Dictionary definitions for necessitous
very needy; destitute; poverty-stricken
- necessitously, adverb
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