noun, plural ne·ces·si·ties.
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Idioms for necessity
Origin of necessity
synonym study for necessity
OTHER WORDS FROM necessitynon·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.
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Example sentences from the Web for necessity
When I talked to lawyers about how to delay filing a Form D, all gave the standard perfunctory response about the necessity of filing — until we went off-the-record.
The best Valentine’s Day gifts to give and receive are those given based upon both feeling and necessity.The best, most practical Valentine’s Day gifts for any kind of partner|PopSci Commerce Team|February 8, 2021|Popular Science
Economists see such savings as a sign the family did not need the money for basic necessities.Here’s the new Democratic plan for $1,400 stimulus checks|Heather Long, Jeff Stein|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
We believe a far greater number of people can’t afford internet, but are sacrificing other necessities.Getting vaccinated is hard. It’s even harder without the internet.|Eileen Guo|February 3, 2021|MIT Technology Review
Every play during a pandemic is, by necessity, experimental.A careful return to live theater is coming down to costume design|Anne Quito|February 2, 2021|Quartz
I had to create plays out of necessity, because African women deserved a voice and a place on the stage.
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|Monica Potts|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nazi texts proclaimed that the annihilation or expulsion of the Armenians was a “compelling necessity.”
The heartbreaking death of MTV reality TV personality Diem Brown proves the emotional necessity and value of the reality TV genre.MTV’s Diem Brown Dies: When Reality TV Starts Getting Real|Kevin Fallon|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After all, the Prince of necessity had to focus on defeating his external enemies.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer|James Poulos|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Sometimes necessity makes an honest man a knave: and a rich man a honest man, because he has no occasion to be a knave.
There was a tremendous necessity for an example of the resurrection of an ordinary man.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
Ha—assure you we quite understand; no necessity to say another word about it.
The proudest man in Christendom has found no friend in his extremest necessity, but you his bitterest enemy!The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
Quiet and good natured, when necessity arose he never failed to assert his authority.
British Dictionary definitions for necessity
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: □, ∟
Idioms and Phrases with necessity
In addition to the idiom beginning with necessity
- necessity is the mother of invention
- make a virtue of necessity
- of necessity