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Noun: neediness  nee-dee-nus
  1. A state of extreme poverty
    - privation, want, deprivation
     
  2. The quality of needing attention and affection and reassurance to a marked degree
    "he recognized her neediness but had no time to respond to it"

Type of: immiseration, immiserisation [Brit], immiserization, impoverishment, poorness, poverty, quality