adjective /nəˈsɛ.sə.təs/
a) Needy, indigent, destitute, poor.

For all our vow of poverty, we can by rule amass to the extent of ’two shillings’; but it is to be given to our necessitous kindred, or in charity.

b) In need, lacking.

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