[ nuh-ses-i-tee ]
/ nəˈsɛs ɪ ti /
noun, plural ne·ces·si·ties.
something necessary or indispensable: food, shelter, and other necessities of life.
the fact of being necessary or indispensable; indispensability: the necessity of adequate housing.
an imperative requirement or need for something: the necessity for a quick decision.
the state or fact of being necessary or inevitable: to face the necessity of testifying in court.
an unavoidable need or compulsion to do something: not by choice but by necessity.
a state of being in financial need; poverty: a family in dire necessity.
Philosophy. the quality of following inevitably from logical, physical, or moral laws.
Words nearby necessity
Idioms for necessity
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
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.
synonym study for necessity
3. See need.
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British Dictionary definitions for of necessity
/ (nɪˈsɛsɪtɪ) /
noun plural -ties
(sometimes plural) something needed for a desired result; prerequisitenecessities of life
a condition or set of circumstances, such as physical laws or social rules, that inevitably requires a certain resultit is a matter of necessity to wear formal clothes when meeting the Queen
the state or quality of being obligatory or unavoidable
urgent requirement, as in an emergency or misfortunein time of necessity we must all work together
poverty or want
rare compulsion through laws of nature; fate
- 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: □, ∟
of necessity inevitably; necessarily
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Idioms and Phrases with of necessity (1 of 2)
Also, out of necessity. As an inevitable consequence, unavoidably, as in the New Testament: “Of necessity he must release one unto them at the Feast” (Luke 23:17). [Late 1300s]
Idioms and Phrases with of necessity (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with necessity
- necessity is the mother of invention
- make a virtue of necessity
- of necessity
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