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Definitions of necessity

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the condition of being essential or indispensable Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Poverty. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. That which is necessary; a necessary; a requisite; something indispensable; - often in the plural. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. 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.
  10. That which is necessary or unavoidable: compulsion: need: poverty. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. That which must be; compulsion; need; poverty. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. 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.
  13. Things requisite for a purpose. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. That which is necessary; a necessary; a requisite; something indispensable; -- often in the plural. mso.anu.edu.au
  17. Controlling force; irresistible compulsion; a power or Impulse so great that it admits no choice of conduct. When it is said that an act is done "under necessity," it may be. in law. either of three kinds of necessity: (1) The necessity of preserving one's own life, which will excuse a homicide; (2) the necessity of obedience, as to the laws, or the obedience of one not sui juris to his superior; (3) the necessity caus ed by the act of God or a stranger. See Jacob; Mozley & Whitley. A constraint upon the will whereby a person is urged to do that which his judgment disapproves, and which, it is to be presumed, his will (if left to itself) would reject. A man, therefore, is excused for those actions which are done through unavoidable force and compulsion. Wharton. thelawdictionary.org
  18. ne-ses'i-ti, n. state or quality of being necessary: that which is necessary or unavoidable: compulsion: great need: poverty.--ns. NECESSIT[=A]'RIAN; NECESSIT[=A]'RIANISM, necessarianism.--v.t. NECESS'IT[=A]TE, to make necessary: to render unavoidable: to compel.--n. NECESSIT[=A]'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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. Constraint or compulsion regarded as a law prevailing through the material universe& governing all human action (often physical n.; logical n., compulsion to believe that of which the opposite is inconceivable; absolute, moral, natural, &c., n.); constraining power of circumstances, state of things compelling to certain course, (of n., unavoidably; make a virtue of n., claim credit for doing what one cannot help doing, do thing with a good grace; am under the n. of doing; n. knows no law, absolves from any offence); imperative need (for; n. is the mother of invention); indispensability (the n. of protecting life& property); indispensable thing, necessary; (usu. pl.) want, poverty, hardship, pressing need. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. n. [Latin] Quality of being necessary or absolutely requisite; indispensableness;- pressing need; indigence; want;- that which is necessary; a requisite- chiefly in the plural;- irresistible force; overruling power; fate; fatality;- denial of freedom to voluntary action. Cabinet Dictionary
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