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Meaning of NECESSITY

Pronunciation:  ni'sesitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  anything indispensable; "food and shelter are necessities of life"; "the essentials of the good life"; "allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions"; "a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained"
  2. [n]  the condition of being essential or indispensable

NECESSITY is a 9 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: essential, necessary, requirement, requisite
 Antonyms: inessential, nonessential
 See Also: demand, desideratum, entity, need, need, physical thing, requisiteness, urgency, want



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ne*ces"si*ty\, n.; pl. {Necessities}. [OE. necessite,
F. n['e]cessit['e], L. necessitas, fr. necesse. See
1. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or
   absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness.

2. The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing
   need; indigence; want.

         Urge the necessity and state of times. --Shak.

         The extreme poverty and necessity his majesty was
         in.                                   --Clarendon.

3. That which is necessary; a necessary; a requisite;
   something indispensable; -- often in the plural.

         These should be hours for necessities, Not for
         delights.                             --Shak.

         What was once to me Mere matter of the fancy, now
         has grown The vast necessity of heart and life.

4. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable;
   irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical
   or moral; fate; fatality.

         So spake the fiend, and with necessity, The tyrant's
         plea, excused his devilish deeds.     --Milton.

5. (Metaph.) The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the
   subjection of all phenomena, whether material or
   spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.

{Of necessity}, by necessary consequence; by compulsion, or
   irresistible power; perforce.

Syn: See {Need}.

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