Families who live in poverty have a hard time getting enough food to eat. "The loss of jobs in the area led to increased poverty." "The poverty rate is the percent of people who live in poverty in a geographic area."

In the US, the government pays careful attention to how many citizens are living above and below the poverty level, which is defined by a certain maximum level of income. Poverty can also mean the lack of an important quality besides having enough money to live comfortably. For the last five years, David's sister has given him a pair of socks for his birthday. David believes this reflects the poverty of her imagination.

Definitions of poverty
  1. noun
    the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
    synonyms: impoverishment, poorness
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    wealth, wealthiness
    the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money
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    deprivation, neediness, privation, want
    a state of extreme poverty
    a state without friends or money or prospects
    indigence, need, pauperism, pauperization, penury
    a state of extreme poverty or destitution
    impecuniousness, pennilessness, penuriousness
    a state of lacking money
    beggary, mendicancy, mendicity
    the state of being a beggar or mendicant
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    financial condition
    the condition of (corporate or personal) finances
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