Necessity meaning

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(law, in the plural) Indispensable requirements (of life).
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That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality.
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The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.
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The power of natural law that cannot be other than it is; natural causation; physical compulsion placed on man by nature; fate.
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The definition of a necessity is something that is absolutely needed.

An example of a necessity is water for life.

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Anything that is inevitable, unavoidable, etc. as a result of natural law; that which is necessary in natural sequence.
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The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want.
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(law) Greater utilitarian good; used in justification of a criminal act.

Doctrine of necessity.

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That which is necessary; a requisite; something indispensable.

A tent is a necessity if you plan on camping.

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Something that cannot be done without; necessary thing.
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The state or quality of being necessary.
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A defense to a criminal charge or civil claim, that the party’s actions were in response to a supervening state of emergency.
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The state or fact of being in need.
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Pressing or urgent need, especially that arising from poverty.
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Great or imperative need.
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Want; poverty.
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The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite.
  • 2013 June 28, Joris Luyendijk, “Our banks are out of control", The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 3, page 21:"Š.
    Seeing the British establishment struggle with the financial sector is like watching an alcoholic [...]. Until 2008 there was denial over what finance had become. [...] But the scandals kept coming, [...]. A broad section of the political class now recognises the need for change but remains unable to see the necessity of a fundamental overhaul.

I bought a new table out of necessity. My old one was ruined.

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of necessity
  • As an inevitable consequence; necessarily.
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of necessity
  • Necessarily; inevitably.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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Origin of necessity

  • Middle English necessite from Old French from Latin necessitās from necesse necessary necessary

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English necessite, from Old French necessite, from Latin necessitas (“unavoidableness, compulsion, exigency, necessity"), from necesse (“unavoidable, inevitable"); see necessary.

    From Wiktionary