Necessity

Noun

  • The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want.
  • The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.
  • ‚Äč The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite.

    "I bought a new table out of necessity. My old one was ruined."

  • That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality.
  • (law, in the plural) Indispensable requirements (of life).
  • That which is necessary; a requisite; something indispensable.

    "A tent is a necessity if you plan on camping."

  • (law) Greater utilitarian good; used in justification of a criminal act.

    "doctrine of necessity"

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