poverty: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (pov'ur-tē), [key]
— n.
  1. the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support; condition of being poor; indigence.
  2. deficiency of necessary or desirable ingredients, qualities, etc.: poverty of the soil.
  3. scantiness; insufficiency: Their efforts to stamp out disease were hampered by a poverty of medical supplies.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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