The quality or state of being poor or indigent; want or scarcity of means of subsistence; indigence; need.
- The state of being poor; lack of the means of providing material needs or comforts.
- Deficiency in amount; scantiness: "the poverty of feeling that reduced her soul” ( Scott Turow).
- Unproductiveness; infertility: the poverty of the soil.
- Renunciation made by a member of a religious order of the right to own property.