necessity

[ nuh-ses-i-tee ]
/ nəˈsɛs ɪ ti /
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noun, plural ne·ces·si·ties.


Nearby words

  1. necessitarianism,
  2. necessitate,
  3. necessitation,
  4. necessitous,
  5. necessitude,
  6. necessity is the mother of invention,
  7. nechako,
  8. neches,
  9. necho,
  10. neck

Idioms

    of necessity, as an inevitable result; unavoidably; necessarily: Our trip to China must of necessity be postponed for a while.

Origin of necessity

1325–75; Middle English necessite < Latin necessitās, equivalent to necess(e) needful + -itās -ity

Related formsnon·ne·ces·si·ty, noun, plural non·ne·ces·si·ties.su·per·ne·ces·si·ty, noun, plural su·per·ne·ces·si·ties.

Synonym study

3. See need.

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British Dictionary definitions for necessity

necessity

/ (nɪˈsɛsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

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Word Origin and History for necessity

necessity

n.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with necessity

necessity

In addition to the idiom beginning with necessity

  • necessity is the mother of invention

also see:

  • make a virtue of necessity
  • of necessity
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