Definition of necessity Pronunciation
Noun
1. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite.
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.
A tent is a necessity if you plan on camping.
4. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality.
5. The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.
6. Greater utilitarian good; used in justification of a criminal act.
Doctrine of necessity
7. Indispensable requirements (of life).
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English - English - necessity Pronunciation
n. essential; indispensability; obligation; need, requirement; poverty
English - Spanish - necessity Pronunciation
s. necesidad, condición, menester, prioridad
English - French - necessity Pronunciation
n. nécessité; obligation; contrainte, force; besoin
English - German - necessity Pronunciation
n. Bedarf; Notwendigkeit; Elend
English - Italian - necessity Pronunciation
s. necessità, necessario; bisogno; l'essere indispensabile; ineluttabilità; miseria, povertà, indigenza
English - Portuguese - necessity Pronunciation
s. necessidade; obrigatoriedade; pobreza
English - Russian - necessity Pronunciation
с. необходимость, предметы первой необходимости, надобность, настоятельная потребность, неизбежность, нужда, бедность, нищета
English - Turkish - necessity Pronunciation
i. gereken, zorunluluk, gerek, gereklilik, ihtiyaç, lüzum, kaçınılmazlık
English - Dutch - necessity Pronunciation
zn. noodzaak; behoefte; armoede
English - Greek - necessity Pronunciation
ουσ. αναγκαιότητα, ανάγκη, χρεία
English - Chinese - necessity Pronunciation
(名) 需要, 必然, 必需品
English - Chinese - necessity Pronunciation
(名) 需要, 必然, 必需品
English - Japanese - necessity Pronunciation
(名) 必要; 必需品; 貧乏
English - Korean - necessity Pronunciation
명. 필수품; 필연; 필요, 요구; 궁핍, 가난, 곤궁


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Synonyms for necessity
1. requirement: qualification, demand, vital part, postulate, essential, imperative, necessary
2. need
3. fate: compulsion, destiny, inevitability, karma, kismet
4. exigency: indigence, pinch, need, stress, neediness, urgency