necessitous

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Etymology[edit]

Compare necessity, -ous.

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Adjective[edit]

necessitous (comparative more necessitous, superlative most necessitous)

  1. (archaic) Needy, indigent, destitute, poor.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, chapter 6 (“Monk Samson”):
      For all our vow of poverty, we can by rule amass to the extent of ’two shillings’; but it is to be given to our necessitous kindred, or in charity.
  2. (archaic) In need, lacking.

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