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.

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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necessitous

/ (nɪˈsɛsɪtəs) /

adjective

very needy; destitute; poverty-stricken

Derived Formsnecessitously, adverb
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