Necessity Definition

nə-sĕsĭ-tē
necessities
noun
necessities
Anything that is inevitable, unavoidable, etc. as a result of natural law; that which is necessary in natural sequence.
Webster's New World
The power of natural law that cannot be other than it is; natural causation; physical compulsion placed on man by nature; fate.
Webster's New World
The compulsion or constraint of man-made circumstances, habit, custom, law, etc.; logical or moral conditions making certain actions inevitable or obligatory.
Faced by the necessity to earn a living.
Webster's New World
What is required by this social or legal compulsion.
Webster's New World
The force exerted by circumstance.
American Heritage
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idiom
of necessity
  • As an inevitable consequence; necessarily.
American Heritage
of necessity
  • necessarily; inevitably
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Necessity

Noun

Singular:
necessity
Plural:
necessities

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Necessity

  • of necessity
  • of necessity

Origin of Necessity

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

    From Wiktionary

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

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

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