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necessity at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


necessity at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n plural necessities // [Date: 1300-1400; Language: French; Origin: necessite, from Latin necessitas, from necesse; NECESSARY]//
1 [C] something that you need to have in order to live: → luxury// --She saw books as a necessity, not a luxury.// --A car is an absolute necessity if you live in the country.// the basic/bare necessities // --A lot of families cannot even afford to buy the basic necessities of life.//
2 [U] when something is necessary: necessity for// --He emphasized the necessity for good planning and management.// the necessity of (doing) sth// --This illustrates the necessity of keeping accurate records of your work.// --Many teachers are now questioning the necessity of formal exams.// through/out of necessity// --He only remained with the group out of necessity.// economic/practical/political etc necessity // --I'm afraid it's become a matter of economic necessity .//
3 [C] something that must happen, even if it is unpleasant: --Taxes are a regrettable necessity.//
4 of necessity: formal used when something happens in a particular way because that is the only possible way it can happen// --Many of the jobs are, of necessity, temporary.//
5 necessity is the mother of invention: used to say that if someone really needs to do something, they will find a way of doing it//

necessity at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

In logic and metaphysics, a modality of propositions that is dual to the modality of possibility. A necessary proposition may be either necessarily true or necessarily false. A necessarily true proposition is one that could not be false in any possible world (e.g., 2 + 2 = 4). A contingently true proposition is one that is true (e.g., "France is a democracy") but would have been false had the world differed in certain ways. A necessarily false proposition is one that is false in every possible world (e.g., 2 + 2 = 5), while a contingently false proposition is one that would have been true had the world differed in certain ways. Necessary propositions therefore include both necessary truths and necessary falsehoods, though the term is often restricted to the class of necessary truths. See also a priori, analytic-synthetic distinction.

necessity at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

126 Moby Thesaurus words for "necessity":
absolute certainty, absoluteness, act of God, assurance,
assuredness, bare cupboard, bare necessities, bare subsistence,
beggarliness, beggary, call, call for, cause, certain knowledge,
certainness, certainty, certitude, coaction, coercion, compulsion,
compulsiveness, condition, constraint, dead certainty, decree,
definiteness, demand, demand for, deprivation, desideration,
desideratum, destitution, determinacy, determinateness, duress,
empty purse, enforcement, essential, essentials, exigency, fate,
fatefulness, force majeure, forcing, foredestiny,
foregone conclusion, foreknowledge, foreordination,
grinding poverty, gripe, hand-to-mouth existence, homelessness,
impoverishment, indefeasibility, indigence, indispensable,
indispensableness, ineluctability, inerrability, inerrancy,
inescapableness, inevasibleness, inevitability,
inevitable accident, inevitableness, inexorability, infallibilism,
infallibility, inflexibility, irresistibility, irrevocability,
lack, mendicancy, moneylessness, must, must item, necessaries,
necessities, necessitousness, need, need for, needfulness,
neediness, nonambiguity, noncontingency, obligation, obligement,
occasion, pauperism, pauperization, penury, pinch, positiveness,
predestination, predetermination, preordination, prerequirement,
prerequisite, prescience, privation, probatum, proved fact,
relentlessness, requirement, requisite, requisiteness, requisition,
restraint, sine qua non, sureness, surety, the necessary,
the needful, truth, unambiguity, unavoidable casualty,
unavoidableness, uncontrollability, undeflectability,
unequivocalness, univocity, unmistakableness, unpreventability,
unyieldingness, vis major, want

necessity at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Destiny): destiny, necessity, future existence, hereafter, future state, world to come, afterlife, fate, life beyond the grave, world beyond the grave, expectation.

[N] (Certainty): certainty, necessity, certitude, surety, assurance, infallibility, indubitableness, inevitableness.

[N] (Necessity): involuntariness, instinct, impulse, natural tendency, predetermination, necessity, obligation, compulsion, fate, destiny, fatality, fate, kismet, doom.

[ADV] (Necessity): necessarily, of necessity, of course, perforce, if need be.

[N] (a): Hobson's choice, random selection, necessity, neutrality, indifference, indecision, irresolution, arbitrariness, coercion.

[N] (Predetermination): predestination, preordination, premeditation, predetermination, foregone conclusion, fait accompli , fate, necessity.

[N] (Luck): chance, lot, fate, necessity, luck, good luck, fortune, venture, random shot, leap in the dark, hazard, risk, bet, wager, raffle, lottery.

[N] (Requirement): requirement, need, wants, necessity, obligation, exigency, sine qua non, matter of life or death, needfulness, indispensability, urgency, imperative.

[N] (Compulsion): compulsion, coercion, constraint, duress, enforcement, conscription, martial law, restraint, necessity, force majeure , Hobson's choice.

[N] (Poverty): poverty, indigence, penury, pauperism, destitution, want, need, neediness, lack, necessity, privation, poorness.

necessity at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

1 [U] ~ (for sth) | ~ (of sth / of doing sth) | ~ (to do sth) the fact that sth must happen or be done; the need for sth:
We recognize the necessity for a written agreement. * We were discussing the necessity of employing more staff. * There had never been any necessity for her to go out to work. * There is absolutely no necessity for you to be involved. * This is, of necessity, a brief and incomplete account.
2 [C] a thing that you must have and cannot manage without:
Many people cannot even afford basic necessities such as food and clothing. * Air-conditioning is an absolute necessity in this climate.
3 [C, usually sing.] a situation that must happen and that cannot be avoided:
Living in London he felt, was an unfortunate necessity.

NECESSITY at English => English (Bouviers Law) Of Explained:

NECESSITY. In general, whatever makes the contrary of a thing impossible,
whatever may be the cause of such impossibilities,
2. Whatever is done through necessity, is done without any intention,
and as the act is done without will, (q.v.) and is compulsory, the agent is
not legally responsible. Bac. Max. Reg. 5. Hence the maxim, necessity has no
law; indeed necessity is itself a law which cannot be avoided nor infringed.
Clef des Lois Rom. h.t.; Dig 10, 3, 10, 1; Com. Dig. Pleader, 3 M 20, 3 M
3. It follows, then, that the acts of a man in violation of law., or to
the injury of another, may be justified by necessity, because the actor has
no will to do or not to do the thing, he is a mere tool; but, it is
conceived, this necessity must be absolute and irresistible, in fact, or so
presumed in point of law.
4. The cases which are justified by necessity, may be classed as
I. For the preservation of life; as if two persons are on the same
plank, and one must perish, the survivor is justified in having thrown off
the other, who was thereby drowned. Bac. Max, Reg. 5.
5.-2. Obedience by a person subject to the power of another; for
example, if a wife should commit a larceny with her husband, in this case
the law presumes she acted by coercion of her husband, and, being compelled,
by necessity, she is justifiable. 1 Russ. Cr. 16, 20; Bac. Max. Reg. 5.
6.-3. Those cases which arise from the act of God, or inevitable
accident, or from the act of man, as public enemies. Vide Act of God;
Inevitable Accident and also 15 Vin. Ab. 534 Dane's Ab h.t.; 2 Stark. Ev.
713; Marsh. Ins. b. 1, c. 6, s. 3 Jacob's Intr. to. Com. Law. Reg. 74.
7.-4. There is another species of necessity. The actor in these cases
is not compelled to do the act whether he will or not, but he has no choice
left but to do the act which may be injurious to another, or to lose the
total use of his property. For example, when a man's lands are surrounded by
those of others, so that he cannot enjoy them without trespassing on his
neighbors. The way which is thus obtained, is called a way of necessity.
Gale and Whatley on Easements, 71; 11 Co. 52; Hob. 234; 1 Saund. 323, note.
See 3 Rawle, R. 495; 3 M'Cord, R. 131; Id. 170; 14 Mass. R. 56; 2 B. & C.
96; 2 Bing. R. 76; 8 T. R. 50; Cro. Jac. 170; 2 Roll. Ab. 60; 3 Kent, Com.
423; 3 Rawle's R. 492; 1 Taunt. R. 279; 8 Taunt. R. 24; ST. R. 50; Ham. N.
P. 198; Cro. Jac. 170; 2 Bouv. Inst. n. 1637; and Way.

Necessity at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Necessity \Ne*ces"si*ty\, n.; pl. {Necessities}. [OE. necessite,
F. n['e]cessit['e], L. necessitas, fr. necesse. See
1. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or
absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness.

2. The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing
need; indigence; want.

Urge the necessity and state of times. --Shak.

The extreme poverty and necessity his majesty was
in. --Clarendon.

3. That which is necessary; a necessary; a requisite;
something indispensable; -- often in the plural.

These should be hours for necessities, Not for
delights. --Shak.

What was once to me Mere matter of the fancy, now
has grown The vast necessity of heart and life.

4. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable;
irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical
or moral; fate; fatality.

So spake the fiend, and with necessity, The tyrant's
plea, excused his devilish deeds. --Milton.

5. (Metaph.) The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the
subjection of all phenomena, whether material or
spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.

{Of necessity}, by necessary consequence; by compulsion, or
irresistible power; perforce.

Syn: See {Need}.

necessity at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: the condition of being essential or indispensable
2: anything indispensable; "food and shelter are necessities of
life"; "the essentials of the good life"; "allow farmers
to buy their requirements under favorable conditions"; "a
place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be
obtained" [syn: {essential}, {requirement}, {requisite}, {necessary}]
[ant: {inessential}]

necessity at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a
Inter: Webster 191 » 3


From Inter: etyl » enm Inter: term » necessite, from Inter: etyl » fro Inter: term » necessite, from Inter: etyl » la Inter: term » necessitas||unavoidableness, compulsion, exigency, necessity, from Inter: term » necesse||unavoidable, inevitable; see necessary.


* Inter: IPA » /nɪˈsɛsəti/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /nI"sEs@ti/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-necessity.ogg|Audio (US)


    Inter: en-noun » necessities

  • The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite.
    1. : I bought a new table out of necessity. My old one was ruined.
    2. The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want.
    3. That which is necessary; a requisite; something indispensable.
    4. : A tent is a necessity if you plan on camping.
    5. : Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. - Category: q - :Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama|Tenzin Gyatso
    6. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality.
    7. The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.


      * contingency

  • possibility
  • Inter: sense » something indispensable luxury

    Derived terms

    Inter: rel-top3 » Terms derived from "necessity"
  • make a virtue of necessity

  • Inter: rel-mid » 3
    Inter: rel-mid » 3
    Inter: rel-botto » m

    Related terms

    Inter: rel-top3 » Terms etymologically related to "necessity"
    • bear necessities
    • necessary
    • necessariness

    Inter: rel-mid » 3
  • necessitate
  • necessitation

  • Inter: rel-mid » 3
    • necessitousness
    • necessitude

    Inter: rel-botto » m


    Inter: trans-top » quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|nutnost|f
  • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|neceso, Inter: t- » eo|neceseco
  • Finnish: tarpeellisuus, välttämättömyys, korvaamattomuus, Inter: t+ » fi|tarve
  • Inter: trreq » gl
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Notwendigkeit|f, Inter: t+ » de|Nezessität|f
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|muszáj
  • Interlingua: Inter: t+ » ia|besonio
  • Italian: Inter: t+ » it|necessità|f
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|必要性|sc=Jpan

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Kurdish:
    • : Sorani: Inter: ku-Arab » پێویست
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|нужда|f|tr=núžda|sc=Cyrl
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|necessidade|f
    • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|necesitate
    • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|feum|m
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|necesidad|f
    • Telugu: అవసరం (avasaram)
    • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|gereklilik, Inter: t+ » tr|lüzum

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » condition of being needy or necessitous
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|կարիք|tr=karik’
    • Czech: Inter: t+ » cs|nouze|f
    • Finnish: tarve, puute, puutteenalaisuus, puutteellisuus

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Kurdish:
  • : Sorani: Inter: ku-Arab » پێویستی
  • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|нужда|f|tr=núžda|sc=Cyrl
  • Scottish Gaelic: Inter: t- » gd|feum|m, Inter: t- » gd|èiginn|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » that which is necessary
    • Finnish: tarve, tarvike, tarvekalu, välttämättömyystarvike
    • Kurdish:
    • : Sorani: Inter: ku-Arab » پێویست
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|нужда|f|tr=núžda|sc=Cyrl
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|necessidade|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Romanian: Inter: t+ » ro|necesitate
  • Telugu: అవసరం (avasaram)
  • Urdu: Inter: t- » ur|ضرورت|f|tr=zaroorat

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » that which makes an act or an event unavoidable
    • Finnish: välttämättömyys, väistämättömyys, kohtalo

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|necessidade|f

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » negation of freedom in voluntary action
    • Finnish: välttämättömyys, väistämättömyys, pakko

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: checktrans-to » p
    • Inter: ttbc » fr: nécessité
    • Inter: ttbc » de: Notwendigkeit {{f}}
    • Inter: ttbc » it: necessità
    • Inter: ttbc » ja: 必要 (ひつよう rom hitsuyou); 入用 (いりよう rom iriyou)
    • Inter: ttbc » sv: förnödenhet

    Inter: trans-botto » m

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    * cysteines

  • Translation: et » necessity
    Translation: el » necessity
    Translation: es » necessity
    Translation: eo » necessity
    Translation: fa » necessity
    Translation: fr » necessity
    Translation: ko » necessity
    Translation: hy » necessity
    Translation: io » necessity
    Translation: it » necessity
    Translation: kn » necessity
    Translation: kk » necessity
    Translation: ku » necessity
    Translation: li » necessity
    Translation: hu » necessity
    Translation: mg » necessity
    Translation: my » necessity
    Translation: ja » necessity
    Translation: pl » necessity
    Translation: pt » necessity
    Translation: ro » necessity
    Translation: ru » necessity
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    Translation: fi » necessity
    Translation: sv » necessity
    Translation: ta » necessity
    Translation: te » necessity
    Translation: th » necessity
    Translation: vi » necessity
    Translation: zh » necessity