Definition of Poverty:

  1. Condition where peoples basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter are not being met. Poverty is generally of two types: (1) Absolute poverty is synonymous with destitution and occurs when people cannot obtain adequate resources (measured in terms of calories or nutrition) to support a minimum level of physical health. Absolute poverty means about the same everywhere, and can be eradicated as demonstrated by some countries. (2) Relative poverty occurs when people do not enjoy a certain minimum level of living standards as determined by a government (and enjoyed by the bulk of the population) that vary from country to country, sometimes within the same country. Relative poverty occurs everywhere, is said to be increasing, and may never be eradicated.

Synonyms of Poverty

Beggary, Dearth, Destitution, Difficulty, Distress, Embarrassment, Exigency, Hand-to-mouth existence, Hardship, Impecuniousness, Impoverishment, Inadequacy, Indigence, Insolvency, Insufficiency, Juncture, Lack, Mendicancy, Necessity, Need, Neediness, Pass, Paucity, Pauperism, Pennilessness, Penury, Pinch, Poorness, Privation, Rareness, Rarity, Scant, Scant sufficiency, Scantiness, Scarceness, Scarcity, Shortage, Sparseness, Sparsity, Strait, Suffering, Uncommonness, Unprosperousness, Want

How to use Poverty in a sentence?

  1. Bobbys family fell into poverty after he lost his job; with no income, he could not provide food and housing.
  2. Today, too many people of all ages are living in poverty and many others are only one pay check away from being there.
  3. A single mother with children tried to work to provide for her family, but it wasnt enough to make ends meet and they continued to live in poverty .

Meaning of Poverty & Poverty Definition