Meaning of indigent


An indigent person is extremely poor, lacking the basic resources of a normal life. Often the indigent lack not only money but homes.

Indigent comes from a Latin word meaning wanting, which we used to use to mean “lacking” and not just to describe desires. Homeless shelters, soup kitchens, free medical clinics and court-appointed lawyers are all institutions that our society has developed to help indigent people.

Definitions of indigent
  1. adjective

    poor enough to need help from others


    destitute, impoverished, necessitous, needy, poverty-stricken


    having little money or few possessions

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