Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    Needy; poor; destitute of means of comfortable existence. See 109 Wis. 330, 85 N. W. 387.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In a general sense an "indigent" person is one who is needy and poor or one who has not sufficient property to furnish him a living nor any one able to support him and to whom he is entitled to look for support. See Storrs Agricultural School v. Whitney, 54 Conn. 342, 8 Atl. 141; Juneau County v. Wood County, 109 Wis. 330, 85 N. W. 387; City of Lynchburg v. Slaughter, 75 Va. 62. The laws of some of the states distinguish between "paupers" and "indigent persons," the latter being persons who have no property or source of income sufficient for their support aside from their own labor, thongh self-supporting when able to work and in employment. See In re Hybart, 119 N. C. 359, 25 S. E. 963; Pcople v. Schoharie County, 121 N. Y. 345, 24 N. E. 830; Rev. St Mo. 1899, ยง 4894 (Am. St 1906, p. 2616).