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1. Depending on alms for a living; practicing begging.
2. Of or relating to religious orders whose members are forbidden to own property individually or in common and must work or beg for their livings.
1. A beggar.
2. A member of a mendicant order.
[Middle English mendicaunt, from Latin mendīcāns, mendīcant-, present participle of mendīcāre, to beg, from mendīcus, needy, beggar, from mendum, physical defect.]
men′di·can·cy, men·dic′i·ty (-dĭs′ĭ-tē) n.
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|Noun||1.||mendicancy - the state of being a beggar or mendicant; "they were reduced to mendicancy"|
|2.||mendicancy - a solicitation for money or food (especially in the street by an apparently penniless person)|
solicitation - an entreaty addressed to someone of superior status; "a solicitation to the king for relief"