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1. Experiencing want or need; impoverished: distributed food to indigent families.
2. Archaic Lacking or deficient.
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.]
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