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- The condition of being needy; desperate need; lack.
- Something necessary; a requisite; something indispensable.
- A tent is a necessity if you plan on camping.
- 20th century, Tenzin Gyatso (attributed)
- Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
- Something which makes an act or an event unavoidable; an irresistible force; overruling power.
- After eating a full meal, the human body's necessity for food will compel the person to eat again in the future.
- 1804, Wordsworth, The Small Celandine
- I stopped, and said with inly muttered voice,
- 'It doth not love the shower, nor seek the cold:
- This neither is its courage nor its choice,
- But its necessity in being old.
- The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism. (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (law) Greater utilitarian good; used in justification of a criminal act.
- (law, in the plural) Indispensable requirements (of life).
Terms derived from "necessity"
Terms etymologically related to "necessity"
condition of being needy or necessitous
that which is necessary
negation of freedom in voluntary action
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Translations to be checked
- necessity in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- necessity in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.