- lack of the means of subsistence; utter poverty.
- deprivation, lack, or absence.
- the state of being destitute; utter poverty
- rare lack or deficiency
early 15c., from Old French destitution and directly from Latin destitutionem (nominative destitutio) “a forsaking, deserting,” from destitutus, past participle of destituere (see destitute).