Definition of necessitous in English:

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Pronunciation: /nəˈsesədəs/


(Of a person) lacking the necessities of life; needy.
Example sentences
  • I want also to see panels of voluntary nurses who can be detailed off to attend to necessitous patients in their own home.
  • Defenders of protective legislation were therefore forced to abandon their reliance on the argument that women were especially necessitous, and instead argue that the courts misunderstood the true meaning of liberty of contract.
  • Glasgow Education Authority organised holidays for the necessitous children of the city from the 1920s onwards.
needy, poor, short of money, disadvantaged, underprivileged, in straitened circumstances, impoverished, poverty-stricken, penniless, impecunious, destitute, pauperized, indigent, without a cent to one's name
informal hard up
formal penurious


Early 17th century: from French nécessiteux, or from necessity + -ous.

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Syllabification: ne·ces·si·tous

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