ne·ces·si·ty /nɪˈsɛsəti, ˈsɛsti/
Ne·ces·si·ty n.; pl. Necessities
1. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness.
2. The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want.
Urge the necessity and state of times. --Shak.
The extreme poverty and necessity his majesty was in. --Clarendon.
3. That which is necessary; a necessary; a requisite; something indispensable; -- often in the plural.
These should be hours for necessities,
Not for delights. --Shak.
What was once to me
Mere matter of the fancy, now has grown
The vast necessity of heart and life. --Tennyson.
4. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality.
So spake the fiend, and with necessity,
The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds. --Milton.
5. Metaph. The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.
Of necessity, by necessary consequence; by compulsion, or irresistible power; perforce.
Syn: -- See Need.
n 1: the condition of being essential or indispensable
2: 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" [syn: essential, requirement, requisite, necessary]