Pronunciation: (nu-ses'i-tus), [key]
1. destitute or impoverished; needy; indigent: to aid a necessitous young mother.
2. being essential or unavoidable: a necessitous discharge of responsibilities.
3. requiring immediate attention or action; urgent: the necessitous demands of the oil shortage.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.