Definitions for: Necessity

[n] anything indispensable; "food and shelter are necessities of life"; "the essentials of the good life"; "allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions"; "a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained"
[n] the condition of being essential or indispensable

Webster (1913) Definition: Ne*ces"si*ty, n.; pl. Necessities. [OE. necessite,
F. n['e]cessit['e], L. necessitas, fr. necesse. See
1. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or
absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness.

2. The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing
need; indigence; want.

Urge the necessity and state of times. --Shak.

The extreme poverty and necessity his majesty was
in. --Clarendon.

3. That which is necessary; a necessary; a requisite;
something indispensable; -- often in the plural.

These should be hours for necessities, Not for
delights. --Shak.

What was once to me Mere matter of the fancy, now
has grown The vast necessity of heart and life.

4. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable;
irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical
or moral; fate; fatality.

So spake the fiend, and with necessity, The tyrant's
plea, excused his devilish deeds. --Milton.

5. (Metaph.) The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the
subjection of all phenomena, whether material or
spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.

Of necessity, by necessary consequence; by compulsion, or
irresistible power; perforce.

Syn: See Need.

Synonyms: essential, necessary, requirement, requisite

Antonyms: inessential, nonessential

See Also: demand, desideratum, entity, need, need, physical thing, requisiteness, urgency, want

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