Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Needy; indigent.
  • adj. Compelling; urgent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Needy, indigent, destitute, poor.
  • adj. In need, lacking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Very needy or indigent; pressed with poverty.
  • adj. Narrow; destitute; pinching; pinched.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pressed by poverty; unable to procure what is necessary for one's Station; needy.
  • To persons.
  • To circumstances.
  • Synonyms Needy, Necessitous (see needy), penniless, destitute, pinched, poor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. poor enough to need help from others

Etymologies

French nécessiteux, from Old French, necessary, from necessite, necessity; see necessity.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Compare necessity, -ous. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He said that necessitous men and women cannot be free.

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  • The Lord Chancellor of England pointed out in 1762, "necessitous men are not free men."

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  • And sometimes it represents the ability of the trader to force necessitous men to cooperate in return for no more than subsistence pay.

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  • The next morning after breakfast, Mrs Delvile set out upon some leave-taking visits, and Cecilia went in a chair to Fetter-lane: here, already waiting for her, she met the punctual Mr Monckton, and the disappointed Jew, who most unwillingly was paid off, and relinquished his bonds; and who found in the severe and crafty Mr Monckton, another sort of man to deal with than the necessitous and heedless Mr Harrel.

    Cecilia

  • What time was left to him, after these thousand details of business, and his offices and his breviary, he bestowed first on the necessitous, the sick, and the afflicted; the time which was left to him from the afflicted, the sick, and the necessitous, he devoted to work.

    Les Miserables

  • The Standing Committee shall inquire into the circumstances of the family of the deceased, and if they are found necessitous, shall report them as such to the Society.

    Advocating The Man: Masculinity, Organized Labor, and the Household in New York, 1800-1840

  • Why, Mr. Wasburg had the precise specific up his sleeve-a Federal Reserve System which would hold reserves centrally and dispatch supplies of credit at once to any necessitous bank in the system that might call for them.

    The Menace of Money Power

  • And it is for this reason that wage-earners, who are, undoubtedly, among the weak and necessitous should be specially cared for and protected by the commonwealth.no.

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  • Those who are badly off have no recourse of their own to fall back upon, and must chiefly rely upon the assistance of the State, and it is for this reason that wage-earners, who are undoubtedly among the weak and necessitous, should be especially cared for and protected by the commonwealth.

    Review of the Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII/2

  • Prince raised his eyes heavenwards and cried, “O Thou who answerest the necessitous when he calleth upon Thee and dispellest his distress; O my God! grant me victory over my foe and turn him from me, for Thou over all things art Almighty.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

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