destitute (adj.) late 14c., "abandoned, forsaken," from L. destitutus "abandoned," pp. of destituere "forsake," from de- "away" + statuere "put, place," causative of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see STET (Cf. stet)). Originally literal; sense of "lacking resources, impoverished" is 1530s.

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