Definition of indigent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈindəjənt/


Poor; needy.
Example sentences
  • He would say ‘I grew up as an orphan and I emigrated as a poor and indigent person.’
  • Besides learning criminal law, he learnt to investigate cases of police torture and providing free legal aid to the poor and indigent prisoners.
  • Instead, they say, it has actually increased the gap between rich and poor countries and between well-off and indigent inhabitants within countries.
poor, impecunious, destitute, penniless, impoverished, insolvent, poverty-stricken;
needy, in need, hard up, disadvantaged, badly off
informal (flat) broke, strapped (for cash), on skid row, down-and-out
formal penurious


A needy person.
Example sentences
  • Automatons, illiterates and indigents of every shape and size, don't stop but aid this cruel crusade participate in their own demise.
  • The Los Angeles County public hospital system nowadays mostly treats indigents: It was designed to treat everyone.
  • He mingles among indigents and Mercedes drivers alike with gestures of acceptance and welcome.
vagrant, homeless person, down-and-out, beggar, pauper, derelict, have-not
informal bum


Late Middle English: via Old French from late Latin indigent- 'lacking', from the verb indigere, from indi- (strengthened form of in- 'into') + egere 'to need'.

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Syllabification: in·di·gent

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