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Synonyms for necessity
nəˈsɛs ɪ tine·ces·si·ty

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Wiktionary4.0 / 4 votes

  1. necessitynoun

    contingency, possibility

  2. necessitynoun

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

    contingency, luxury, possibility

  3. necessitynoun

    possibility, contingency, luxury

  4. necessitynoun

    contingency, possibility, luxury

  5. necessitynoun

    luxury, contingency, possibility

  6. necessitynoun

    contingency, possibility, luxury

English Synonyms and Antonyms3.0 / 1 vote

  1. necessity

    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.

    compulsion, destiny, emergency, essential, exigency, extremity, fatality, fate, indispensability, indispensableness, need, requirement, requisite, sine qua non, unavoidableness, urgency, want

    choice, contingency, doubt, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness, fortuity, freedom, option, possibility, uncertainty

    The necessity of surrender; a necessity for action; this is a necessity to me.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms4.0 / 1 vote

  1. necessity

    indispensableness, inevitableness, need, indigence, requirement, want, fate, destiny

    dispensableness, uncertainty, superfluity, uselessness, competence, affluence, casualty, contingency, freedom, choice

Princeton's WordNet5.0 / 1 vote

  1. necessitynoun

    the condition of being essential or indispensable

    essential, requirement, requisite, necessary

  2. necessity, essential, requirement, requisite, necessarynoun

    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"

    essential, demand, requirement, requisite, necessary, prerequisite

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. necessitynoun

    compulsion, fatality, fate, destiny, irresistible force

  2. necessitynoun

    indispensableness, indispensability, inevitableness

  3. necessitynoun

    need, needfulness, urgency, exigency, pressing want

  4. necessitynoun

    requirement, requisite, essential, necessary, indispensable thing, SINE QUA NON

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words3.0 / 1 vote

  1. necessitynoun

    requisite, necessary, requirement, essential, exigency, urgency, indispensability

    choice, option, contingency, doubtfulness, possibility

PPDB, the paraphrase database0.0 / 0 votes

  1. List of paraphrases for "necessity":

    need, necessary, imperative, requirement

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD0.0 / 0 votes

  1. necessity

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How to use necessity in a sentence?

  1. Karl Marx:

    Necessity is blind until it becomes conscious. Freedom is the consciousness of necessity.

  2. Petro Poroshenko:

    The participants agreed on the necessity of implementing all points of the Minsk agreement, including the question of the ceasefire ... the withdrawal of heavy weapons and also the immediate release of all hostages.

  3. President Obama:

    Today, high-speed broadband is not a luxury. It's a necessity, this is about helping local businesses grow and prosper and compete in the global economy.

  4. Warren Bennis:

    The leaders I met, whatever walk of life they were from, whatever institutions they were presiding over, always referred back to the same failure something that happened to them that was personally difficult, even traumatic, something that made them feel that desperate sense of hitting bottom--as something they thought was almost a necessity. It's as if at that moment the iron entered their soul that moment created the resilience that leaders need.

  5. Mark Twain:

    Necessity is the mother of taking chances.

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