Definitions for necessitynəˈsɛs ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ne•ces•si•tynəˈsɛs ɪ ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.

  1. something necessary or indispensable:

    food, shelter, and other necessities of life.

  2. the fact of being necessary or indispensable; indispensability:

    the necessity of adequate housing.

  3. an imperative requirement or need for something:

    a necessity for a quick decision.

  4. the state or fact of being necessary or inevitable:

    to face the necessity of testifying in court.

  5. an unavoidable need or compulsion to do something:

    not by choice but by necessity.

  6. a state of being in financial need; poverty:

    a family in dire necessity.

  7. Philos. the quality of following inevitably from logical, physical, or moral laws.

    Category: Philosphy

Idioms for necessity:

  1. of necessity,inevitably; unavoidably; necessarily.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of necessity:

1325–75; ME necessite < L necessitās=necess(e) needful +-itās -ity

Princeton's WordNet

  1. necessity(noun)

    the condition of being essential or indispensable

  2. necessity, essential, requirement, requisite, necessary(noun)

    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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. necessity(noun)əˈsɛs ɪ ti

    the fact of being necessary or needed

    the necessity of having good schools; the necessity for Congress to act immediately; a deal made out of necessity

  2. necessityəˈsɛs ɪ ti

    sth you need or must have

    food, water, and other basic necessities

Wiktionary

  1. necessity(Noun)

    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. necessity(Noun)

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

  3. necessity(Noun)

    That which is necessary; a requisite; something indispensable.

  4. necessity(Noun)

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

  5. necessity(Noun)

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

  6. Origin: From necessite, from necessite, from necessitas, from necesse; see necessary.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Necessity(noun)

    the quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness

  2. Necessity(noun)

    the condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want

  3. Necessity(noun)

    that which is necessary; a necessary; a requisite; something indispensable; -- often in the plural

  4. Necessity(noun)

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

  5. Necessity(noun)

    the negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism

Freebase

  1. Necessity

    In U.S. criminal law, necessity may be either a possible justification or an exculpation for breaking the law. Defendants seeking to rely on this defense argue that they should not be held liable for their actions as a crime because their conduct was necessary to prevent some greater harm and when that conduct is not excused under some other more specific provision of law such as self defense. Except for a few statutory exemptions and in some medical cases there is no corresponding defense in English law. For example, a drunk driver might contend that he drove his car to get away from a kidnap. Most common law and civil law jurisdictions recognize this defense, but only under limited circumstances. Generally, the defendant must affirmatively show that the harm he sought to avoid outweighs the danger of the prohibited conduct he is charged with; he had no reasonable alternative; he ceased to engage in the prohibited conduct as soon as the danger passed; and he did not himself create the danger he sought to avoid. Thus, with the "drunk driver" example cited above, the necessity defense will not be recognized if the defendant drove further than was reasonably necessary to get away from the kidnapper, or if some other reasonable alternative was available to him. However case law suggests necessity is narrowed to medical cases.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'necessity' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4829

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'necessity' in Nouns Frequency: #1806


Translations for necessity

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

necessity(noun)

something needed or essential

Food is one of the necessities of life.

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