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From vajadz(ēt) (to be necessary) +‎ -ība. Meaning “lack, scarcity” in the 17th, following the etymological meaning of vajadzēt (q.v.), the word soon evolved into its current meaning.[1]


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vajadzība f (4th declension)

  1. need, necessary (the quality of that which is necessary; a situation in which something is necessary)
    vajadzība pēc grāmatām — the need for books
    pateikt savu vajadzību — to tell your need
    nav nekādas vajadzības par to runāt — there is no need to talk about that
    vajadzības izteiksme — debitive (lit. necessity) mood (Latvian verb form that expresses necessity)
  2. (in the plural) needs (set of natural, social, spiritual factors that are necessary for life, or for a certain activity)
    elementāras vajadzības — basic needs
    dabiskās vajadzības — natural needs
    apmierināt sabiedrības vajadzības — to meet the needs of society


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  1. ^ “vajag” in Konstantīns Karulis (1992, 2001), Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (Rīga: AVOTS) ISBN: 9984-700-12-7.