the condition of being essential or indispensable
necessity, essential, requirement, requisite, necessary(noun)
"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"
necessity(noun)The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite.
necessity(noun)The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want.
necessity(noun)That which is necessary; a requisite; something indispensable.
necessity(noun)That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality.
necessity(noun)The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
Necessity is the quality of being necessary, or the quality of that which can not but be, become, or be true, or be accepted as true. Need and want always imply a lack; necessity may be used in this sense, but in the higher philosophical sense necessity simply denotes the exclusion of any alternative either in thought or fact; righteousness is a necessity (not a need) of the divine nature. Need suggests the possibility of supplying the deficiency which want expresses; to speak of a person's want of decision merely points out a weakness in his character; to say that he has need of decision implies that he can exercise or attain it. As applied to a deficiency, necessity is more imperative than need; a weary person is in need of rest; when rest becomes a necessity he has no choice but to stop work. An essential is something, as a quality, or element, that belongs to the essence of something else so as to be inseparable from it in its normal condition, or in any complete idea or statement of it. Compare NECESSARY; PREDESTINATION.
compulsion, destiny, emergency, essential, exigency, extremity, fatality, fate, indispensability, indispensableness, need, requirement, requisite, sine qua non, unavoidableness, urgency, want
The necessity of surrender; a necessity for action; this is a necessity to me.
Dictionary of English Synonymes
See Medical necessity
Translations for necessity
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- necessitatCatalan, Valencian
- nutnost, nouzeCzech
- Nezessität, NotwendigkeitGerman
- neceso, necesecoEsperanto
- pakko, korvaamattomuus, puute, välttämättömyystarvike, kohtalo, puutteenalaisuus, välttämättömyys, tarpeellisuus, tarve, tarvike, puutteellisuus, väistämättömyys, tarvekaluFinnish
- èiginn, feumScottish Gaelic
- 必然性, 必需品, 必要性Japanese
- پێویستی, پێویستKurdish
- необходи́мость, нужда́Russian
- lüzum, gereklilikTurkish
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