noun, plural ne·ces·si·ties.
Origin of necessity
Synonyms for necessity
Related Words for necessityrequirement, precondition, prerequisite, fundamental, obligation, essential, urgency, claim, privation, essence, inexorableness, demand, want, call, imperative, compulsion, cause, exaction, duress, exigency
Examples from the Web for necessity
Contemporary Examples of necessity
All of these changes to college financing occurred at exactly the time when college education became a necessity.The Student Loan Crisis That Isn’t About Kids at Harvard
November 30, 2014
I had to create plays out of necessity, because African women deserved a voice and a place on the stage.Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira Vs. Boko Haram
Kristi York Wooten
November 30, 2014
After all, the Prince of necessity had to focus on defeating his external enemies.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer
November 12, 2014
The way San Pedro Prison functions is a necessity as a result, Bolivian journalist Aldo Medinaceli explained to me.Cocaine, Politicians and Wives: Inside the World’s Most Bizarre Prison
October 12, 2014
That was galling for those who described the invasion of Iraq as a conflict of choice, not necessity.The Rhinohawks Come Roaring Back
September 7, 2014
Historical Examples of necessity
And of necessity, even the noble have their moments of deshabille.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
To Kate, for instance, she was a necessity of existence, like light or air.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Whoever rejects it does of necessity fly to anarchy or to despotism.
You think I must of necessity, as matters are circumstanced, be Solmes's wife.
She made a virtue of necessity; and the man was quite another man with her. '
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