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necessity (plural necessities)
- The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite.
- I bought a new table out of necessity. My old one was ruined.
- The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want.
- That which is necessary; a requisite; something indispensable.
- A tent is a necessity if you plan on camping.
- Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. - Tenzin Gyatso
- That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality.
- The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.
- (law) Greater utilitarian good; used in justification of a criminal act.
- (law, in the plural) Indispensable requirements (of life).
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- necessity in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- necessity in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911