necessity

[ nuh-ses-i-tee ]
/ nəˈsɛs ɪ ti /

noun, plural ne·ces·si·ties.

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 forms

non·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 of necessity

necessity

/ (nɪˈsɛsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties


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Idioms and Phrases with of necessity (1 of 2)

of necessity

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)

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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