necessity

  • 1 Necessity — • A strict connection between different beings, or the different elements of a being, or between a being and its existence. Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Necessity     Necessity …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 2 necessity — ne·ces·si·ty n pl ties 1 a: the presence or pressure of circumstances that justify or compel a certain course of action; esp: a need to respond or react to a dangerous situation by committing a criminal act b: an affirmative defense originating… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Necessity — Ne*ces si*ty, n.; pl. {Necessities}. [OE. necessite, F. n[ e]cessit[ e], L. necessitas, fr. necesse. See {Necessary}.] 1. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 necessity — ► NOUN (pl. necessities) 1) the state or fact of being required or indispensable. 2) an indispensable thing. 3) a situation enforcing a particular course: created more by necessity than design. ● necessity is the mother of invention Cf.… …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 necessity — (n.) late 14c., constraining power of circumstances, from O.Fr. necessité need, necessity; privation, poverty; distress, torment; obligation, duty (12c.), from L. necessitatem (nom. necessitas) compulsion, need for attention, unavoidableness,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 necessity — [nə ses′ətē] n. pl. necessities [ME necessite < OFr nécessité < L necessitas < necesse: see NECESSARY] 1. the power of natural law that cannot be other than it is; natural causation; physical compulsion placed on man by nature; fate 2.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 necessity — *need, exigency Analogous words: compelling or compulsion, constraining or constraint, obliging or obligation, coercing or coercion (see corresponding verbs at FORCE): indispensableness, requisiteness or requisition, needfulness (see… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 necessity — [n] need, essentiality call, cause, claim, compulsion, demand, desideratum, duress, essence, essential, exaction, exigency, fundamental, godsend*, imperative, indispensability, inevitability, inexorableness, life or death*, must, necessary,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 necessity — noun 1 fact that sth must happen; sth that cannot be avoided ADJECTIVE ▪ absolute, fundamental (esp. BrE), sheer, vital ▪ Sleep is an absolute necessity for life. ▪ dire, urgent …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 Necessity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Necessity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 involuntariness involuntariness Sgm: N 1 instinct instinct blind impulse Sgm: N 1 inborn proclivity inborn proclivity innate proclivity Sgm: N 1 native tendency native tendency… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 Necessity — This article is about the definition of necessity according to domestic law. For the concept of necessity in international law, see Military necessity. For logical meanings, see Necessary (disambiguation) and Modal logic …

    Wikipedia

  • 12 necessity — ne|ces|si|ty [nıˈsesıti] n plural necessities [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: necessité, from Latin necessitas, from necesse; NECESSARY] 1.) something that you need to have in order to live ≠ ↑luxury ▪ She saw books as a necessity, not a… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 necessity */*/ — UK [nəˈsesətɪ] / US noun Word forms necessity : singular necessity plural necessities 1) a) [uncountable] a process, thing, or action that is needed in a situation necessity for: the necessity for a strong diplomatic effort necessity of (doing)… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 necessity — ne|ces|si|ty [ nə sesəti ] noun ** 1. ) uncount a process, thing, or action that is needed in a situation: necessity for: the necessity for a strong diplomatic effort necessity of (doing) something: doubts about the necessity of the war out of… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 necessity — noun 1 (C) something that you need to have: A telephone is an absolute necessity for this job. | We went to buy the basic necessities for our stay. | bare necessities (=basic things that you must have): Food and clothing are the bare necessities… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 necessity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) I n. need (see necessity); compulsion; poverty. II What must happen Nouns 1. necessity, necessitation, obligation, compulsion, subjection; needfulness, essentiality, indispensability; dire or cruel… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 necessity — [[t]nɪse̱sɪti[/t]] necessities 1) N UNCOUNT: usu with supp The necessity of something is the fact that it must happen or exist. There is agreement on the necessity of reforms... As soon as the necessity for action is over the troops must be… …

    English dictionary

  • 18 necessity — n. 1) to obviate a necessity 2) an absolute, dire; military necessity 3) the bare; daily necessities 4) a necessity for 5) of necessity (you will of necessity remain silent) 6) (misc.) the necessities of life * * * [nɪ sesɪtɪ] daily necessityies… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 necessity — Controlling force; irresistible compulsion; a power or impulse so great that it admits no choice of conduct. That which makes the contrary of a thing impossible. The quality or state of being necessary, in its primary sense signifying that which… …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 20 necessity — /neuh ses i tee/, n., pl. necessities. 1. something necessary or indispensable: food, shelter, and other necessities of life. 2. the fact of being necessary or indispensable; indispensability: the necessity of adequate housing. 3. an imperative… …

    Universalium


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