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  • s  poor enough to need help from others

  • That necessitous attitude had mothered invention.
  • He raised $300,000 for destitute Belgians, $5,000 for a memorial to Antarctic Explorer Scott, $15,000 "to provide pensions for necessitous grandnieces" of Charles Dickens.
  • All the tired phrases of tribute and condolence, worn nearly meaningless by necessitous convention, were heard in Washington.

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