- 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.
Origin of necessitous
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Examples from the Web for necessitous
I then made her understand how money was the thing that was the least necessary to the necessitous.Mauprat
That is true,” said I; “I have always said so, but you are not necessitous, and should not drab baulor.The Romany Rye
So Washington in 1778 thought that "Marshall is not a necessitous man."The Life of John Marshall (Volume 1 of 4)
Albert J. Beveridge
Therefore to you alone do we see all necessitous Muses have recourse.
He became intemperate; and his intemperance made her necessitous.The Claims of Labour
- very needy; destitute; poverty-stricken
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