noun, plural ne·ces·si·ties.
Origin of necessity
Synonyms for necessity
Related Words for necessitiesrequirement, precondition, prerequisite, fundamental, obligation, essential, urgency, claim, privation, essence, inexorableness, demand, want, call, imperative, compulsion, cause, exaction, duress, exigency
Examples from the Web for necessities
Contemporary Examples of necessities
“It was this idea of prayer, and one of the necessities of the prayer pose being the blindfold,” he explained.‘True Detective’s’ Godless Universe: Is the HBO Show Anti-Christian?
March 6, 2014
“The government is stuck between [strategic] necessities and its social/political aims,” he said.Erdogan’s Foreign Policy Reset
January 25, 2014
At the margins, that means more people are able to pay for the necessities of life with their incomes.The Phony Food-Stamp Scare
July 15, 2013
I worry about the ability of the Zionist left to recognize these necessities and adapt to them.Whither The Israeli Left?
Brent E. Sasley
January 24, 2013
As necessities grow scarce, the suffering will spread, from the poor to the middle class, and perhaps higher.Iran and the Sanctions Trap
Stephen L. Carter
July 31, 2011
Historical Examples of necessities
You will never find us taking advantage of the necessities of the public.
It came from the furnace of the Revolution, tempered to the necessities of the times.
It was not difficult to find a lawyer suited to the necessities of the undertaking.Within the Law
Remember the interpositions of God to supply the necessities of the destitute.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
Comforts, even most desirable comforts, are not necessities.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
noun plural -ties
- a condition, principle, or conclusion that cannot be otherwise
- the constraining force of physical determinants on all aspects of lifeCompare freedom (def. 8)
- the property of being necessary
- a statement asserting that some property is essential or statement is necessarily true
- the operator that indicates that the expression it modifies is true in all possible worldsUsual symbol: □, ∟
late 14c., "constraining power of circumstances," from Old French necessité "need, necessity; privation, poverty; distress, torment; obligation, duty" (12c.), from Latin necessitatem (nominative necessitas) "compulsion, need for attention, unavoidableness, destiny," from necesse (see necessary). Meaning "condition of being in need" in English is from late 15c.
Necessity is the Mother of Invention. [Richard Franck, c.1624-1708, English author and angler, "Northern Memoirs," 1658]
To maken vertu of necessite is in Chaucer. Related: Necessities.
In addition to the idiom beginning with necessity
- necessity is the mother of invention
- make a virtue of necessity
- of necessity