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in·di·gent

 (ĭn′dĭ-jənt)
adj.
1. Experiencing want or need; impoverished: distributed food to indigent families.
2. Archaic Lacking or deficient.
n.
A poor or destitute person.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin indigēns, indigent-, present participle of indigēre, to need : indu-, in; see en in Indo-European roots + egēre, to lack.]

in′di·gent·ly adv.
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