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Definition of necessity:

  1. Things requisite for a purpose.
  2. That which must be, and can not be otherwise; compulsion: inevitableness; extreme indigence.

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Examples of usage for necessity:

  1. Necessity is the quality of being necessary, or the quality of that which can not but be, become, or be true, or be accepted as true. Need and want always imply a lack; necessity may be used in this sense, but in the higher philosophical sense necessity simply denotes the exclusion of any alternative either in thought or fact; righteousness is a necessity ( not a need) of the divine nature. Need suggests the possibility of supplying the deficiency which want expresses; to speak of a person's want of decision merely points out a weakness in his character; to say that he has need of decision implies that he can exercise or attain it. As applied to a deficiency, necessity is more imperative than need; a weary person is in need of rest; when rest becomes a necessity he has no choice but to stop work. An essential is something, as a quality, or element, that belongs to the essence of something else so as to be inseparable from it in its normal condition, or in any complete idea or statement of it. Compare NECESSARY; PREDESTINATION.
  2. I honour'd him, and therefore have I loved; It was necessity to love the man With whom my being grew into a life Such as I had not known, or dream'd before.
  3. As she looked at the young man in his strength, she felt more than ever the necessity for speaking.

Quotes for necessity:

  1. Everywhere the human soul stands between a hemisphere of light and another of darkness; on the confines of the two everlasting empires, necessity and free will. - Thomas Carlyle
  2. I've learned, I think, to be able to distinguish between the necessary and the unnecessary as far as my limited outside time is concerned. Saying "no" politely is a necessity if one wants to lead any kind of stable life. - Richard Chamberlain
  3. When mankind first saw the necessity of government, it is probable that many had conceived the desire of ruling. - Thomas Clarkson
  4. For whatever be the knowledge which we are able to obtain of God, either by perception or reflection, we must of necessity believe that He is by many degrees far better than what we perceive Him to be. - Origen
  5. Learning carries within itself certain dangers because out of necessity one has to learn from one's enemies. - Leon Trotsky

Idioms for necessity:

  1. necessity is the mother of invention
  2. make a virtue of necessity
  3. Necessity knows no law
  4. out of necessity
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