What does necessity mean?

Definitions for necessity
nəˈsɛs ɪ tine·ces·si·ty

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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.

    Etymology: From necessite, from necessite, from necessitas, from necesse; see necessary.

  2. necessity(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From necessite, from necessite, from necessitas, from necesse; see necessary.

  3. necessity(Noun)

    That which is necessary; a requisite; something indispensable.

    Etymology: From necessite, from necessite, from necessitas, from necesse; see necessary.

  4. necessity(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From necessite, from necessite, from necessitas, from necesse; see necessary.

  5. necessity(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. necessity

    If a ship be compelled by necessity to change the order of the places to which she is insured, this is not deemed deviation, and the underwriters are still liable.

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

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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

Examples of necessity in a Sentence

  1. Fox Newspreviously:

    The department is evaluating the situation and will determine the necessity of issuing additional guidance.

  2. Joan Didion:

    When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble.

  3. Howard Zinn:

    Was all this bloodshed and deceit - from Columbus to Cortes, Pizarro the Puritans - a necessity for the human race to progress from savagery to civilization? Was Morison right in burying the story of genocide inside a more important story of human progress? Perhaps a persuasive argument can be made - as it was made by Stalin when he killed pesants for industrial progress in the Soviet Union, as it was made by Churchill explaining the bombings of Dresden and Hamburg, and Truman explaining Hiroshima. But how can the judgement be made if the benefits and losses cannot be balanced because the losses are either unmentioned or mentioned quickly?

  4. Michael Grandner:

    Rather than a nap by necessity, this is a nap by choice.

  5. Brian McBride:

    It's a big year for us. We've got a limited amount of games and time together, certainly for those players overseas, that time and those windows are really going to be an extreme necessity to build what Gregg wants to put together.

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