Definitions of poverty

  1. the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The quality or state of being poor or indigent; want or scarcity of means of subsistence; indigence; need. Newage Dictionary DB
  3. Any deficiency of elements or resources that are needed or desired, or that constitute richness; as, poverty of soil; poverty of the blood; poverty of ideas. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. A situation in which the level of living of an individual, family, or group is below the standard of the community. It is often related to a specific income level. Medical Dictionary DB
  5. The state of being poor; necessity; want; any lack of richness in quality; scarcity; need. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  6. The state of being poor: necessity: want: meanness: defect. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  7. Want; indigence; poorness. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. The state of being poor; destitution. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The state of being poor; poorness; indigence; sterility; barrenness of sentiment or ornament; defect: defect of words. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Want of sufficient means of subsistence; penury; defect or barrenness, as of words. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. A term used to denote a condition in which people are unable to meet their basic necessities, due to lack of money or skill. There are two primary terms used to denote poverty; absolute and relative. Absolute poverty is when the people of a country are unable to provide for their basic needs, while relative poverty is when people find it difficult to live according to the standards set by the government. thelawdictionary.org
  12. pov'[.e]r-ti, n. the state of being poor: necessity: want: meanness: defect.--adjs. POV'ERTY-STRICK'EN, POV'ERTY-STRUCK, reduced to a state of poverty: in great suffering from poverty. [O. Fr. poverte (Fr. pauvreté)--L. paupertas, -tatis--pauper, poor.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  13. Indigence, want; scarcity, deficiency, (of); deficiency in (a property); inferiority, poorness, meanness; p. -stricken, poor, esp. fig., as a p.-stricken language. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  14. n. [Latin] Want of means of subsistence ; indigence ; need ; - any deficiency of resources needed or desired; especially, a lack of ideas, sentiments, or words ;-defect in conception or design ; want of grace or ornament ; meagreness or baldness in style or execution. Cabinet Dictionary

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