Definitions of necessity

  1. Things requisite for a purpose. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The state or quality of being absolutely needed or indispensable; that which is unavoidable or which cannot be done without; compulsion; extreme poverty. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. That which is necessary or unavoidable: compulsion: need: poverty. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. That which must be; compulsion; need; poverty. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. The quality of being necessary; something that is necessary; fate; fatality. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. That which must be, and can not be otherwise; compulsion: inevitableness; extreme indigence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  11. That which cannot be otherwise; that which must be; extreme indigence; pinching poverty; irresistible power. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for necessity

  1. But the necessity is over now. – The Honour of the Clintons by Archibald Marshall
  2. She did not tell herself that she had been wrong when she gave him up, but she thought herself to have been most unfortunate in the one necessity – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope