What does necessity mean?

Definitions for necessitynəˈsɛs ɪ ti

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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"

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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Necessity

    ne-ses′i-ti, n. state or quality of being necessary: that which is necessary or unavoidable: compulsion: great need: poverty.—ns. Necessitā′rian; Necessitā′rianism, necessarianism.—v.t. Necess′itāte, to make necessary: to render unavoidable: to compel.—n. Necessitā′tion.—adjs. Necess′itied (Shak.), in a state of want; Necess′itous, in necessity: very poor: destitute.—adv. Necess′itously.—n. Necess′itousness.—Natural necessity, the condition of being necessary according to the laws of nature; Logical or Mathematical, according to those of human intelligence; Moral, according to those of moral law; Works of necessity, work so necessary as to be allowable on the Sabbath. [L. necessitas.]

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

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of necessity in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of necessity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Karl Marx:

    Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.

  2. Scott Lout:

    If we’re doing the same work 20 years on, it’s no longer acceptable for anyone, even if the necessity requires it.

  3. President Obama:

    Today, high-speed broadband is not a luxury. It's a necessity, this is about helping local businesses grow and prosper and compete in the global economy.

  4. French President Francois Hollande:

    The first necessity here is for various factions to strike a political deal between various factions so that there can be a government, a parliament and central bank - and only one, if possible, at each level.

  5. Petro Poroshenko:

    The participants agreed on the necessity of implementing all points of the Minsk agreement, including the question of the ceasefire ... the withdrawal of heavy weapons and also the immediate release of all hostages.

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