Definition of indigent in English:

indigent

adjective

  • Poor; needy.

    ‘a charity for the relief of indigent artists’
    • ‘He would say ‘I grew up as an orphan and I emigrated as a poor and indigent person.’’
    • ‘They cannot persuasively argue that indigent boat people, fleeing poverty and persecution, represent a terrorist threat.’
    • ‘For hospitals in border states, a disproportionate number of these indigent ER patients are illegal immigrants.’
    • ‘As the number of indigent defendants soared, so did costs to the counties, since most used court-appointed lawyers paid by the case or by the hour.’
    • ‘We now had homeless, that we never had 25 years ago (someone always took care of indigent relatives).’
    • ‘He would get appointed either a public defender or he would have some kind of indigent defense counsel that would be appointed for him.’
    • ‘Legal aid for indigent plaintiffs in the civil process is non-existent, the report said.’
    • ‘The beneficiaries included indigent persons such as the visually challenged man who lived with his family in the claustrophobic confines of a public call booth.’
    • ‘The number of indigent poor, 6 million people, is now twice what it was 10 years ago.’
    • ‘Instead, they say, it has actually increased the gap between rich and poor countries and between well-off and indigent inhabitants within countries.’
    • ‘The social package forms a critical part of the council's indigent policy, which enables destitute households to apply for exemption from paying rates.’
    • ‘When the singer applied for the pension for indigent artistes, the request was denied on the grounds that he did not have a permanent residential address in Kerala.’
    • ‘I would also help out indigent inmates whenever I could afford to.’
    • ‘Besides learning criminal law, he learnt to investigate cases of police torture and providing free legal aid to the poor and indigent prisoners.’
    • ‘The state's indigent defender program is in desperate need of reform, but change is being blocked by powerful political players with a vested interest in maintaining the system as it is.’
    • ‘It's the tag that has stuck to several senior citizens in this rural town who provide lunch once per week for about 100 indigent persons.’
    • ‘I'm a 25-year-old man with no wife, girlfriend, indigent friends or relatives.’
    • ‘If poverty leads to lead exposure, and lead abets crime and poor health, then lead can be said to nudge indigent people toward crimes.’
    poor, impecunious, destitute, penniless, impoverished, poverty-stricken, down and out, pauperized, without a penny to one's name, without two farthings to rub together, without two pennies to rub together
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noun

  • A needy person.

    • ‘The Los Angeles County public hospital system nowadays mostly treats indigents: It was designed to treat everyone.’
    • ‘During hard times, league offices kept indigents like the Browns alive by providing handouts.’
    • ‘It is a state and federal welfare program providing coverage to far less politically potent patient groups: indigents, the disabled, and nursing home residents.’
    • ‘The statistics of the indigents within our municipalities would determine and justify their national equitable share.’
    • ‘Automatons, illiterates and indigents of every shape and size, don't stop but aid this cruel crusade participate in their own demise.’
    • ‘Serious instances had emerged where indigents were on the verge of losing their houses and the city council had to act.’
    • ‘If California eliminated all college funding, closed the prisons and refused health care to all indigents, it could save $23.9 billion.’
    • ‘As Christianity became the official state religion of the Roman Empire during the fourth century, missionaries spread to Britain and began converting the indigents to that faith.’
    • ‘The earliest pronouncements of the Committee concern fundraising efforts to meet the immediate needs of the indigents in the streets.’
    • ‘He said the city's rampant unemployment rate and indigents were some of the factors that should be considered.’
    • ‘There is a fondness for its indigents in Wellington I have never seen in any other community.’
    • ‘Like any other big city, Paris has its fair share of indigents, begging in public places.’
    • ‘Others talked of their work with the homeless, indigents, and AIDS patients in D.C.’
    • ‘At this time there were already 24,000 Jews in Palestine, mainly elderly indigents seeking expiry in the holy land.’
    • ‘One of our many concerns and challenges is identifying indigents.’
    • ‘He mingles among indigents and Mercedes drivers alike with gestures of acceptance and welcome.’
    • ‘Indeed, some 15,000 indigents from 5,000 households registered with the Welfare Bureau of the Thirteenth Arrondissement during the winter of 1868-69.’
    • ‘In both regions vital religious traditions provided essential social services, including care for widows, orphans, and other indigents.’
    • ‘In practice, the Committee targeted dark-skinned indigents and showed remarkably little interest in their origin, occupation, or prospects.’
    • ‘In some states paralegals and law clerks that work on civil rights and civil litigation cases are paid more than attorneys who represent indigents in capital cases.’
    poor person, pauper, indigent, bankrupt, insolvent
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Origin

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’.

Pronunciation

indigent

/ˈɪndɪdʒ(ə)nt/