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Synonyms for necessity
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. necessity(noun)

    the condition of being essential or indispensable

    Synonyms:
    essential, requirement, requisite, necessary

  2. necessity, essential, requirement, requisite, necessary(noun)

    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"

    Synonyms:
    essential, demand, requirement, requisite, necessary, prerequisite

Wiktionary

  1. necessity(noun)

    Antonyms:
    possibility, contingency

  2. necessity(noun)

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

    Antonyms:
    contingency, luxury, possibility

  3. necessity(noun)

    Antonyms:
    possibility, contingency, luxury

  4. necessity(noun)

    Antonyms:
    contingency, luxury, possibility

  5. necessity(noun)

    Antonyms:
    luxury, contingency, possibility

  6. necessity(noun)

    Antonyms:
    contingency, possibility, luxury

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  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.

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

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

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

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. necessity

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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. necessity(n.)

    Synonyms:
    compulsion, fatality, fate, destiny, irresistible force

  2. necessity(n.)

    Synonyms:
    indispensableness, indispensability, inevitableness

  3. necessity(n.)

    Synonyms:
    need, needfulness, urgency, exigency, pressing want

  4. necessity(n.)

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. necessity(n)

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

    Antonyms:
    choice, option, contingency, doubtfulness, possibility

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "necessity":

    need, necessary, imperative, requirement

Concise Medical Dictionary, by Joseph C Segen, MD

  1. necessity

    Synonyms:
    See Medical necessity

How to pronounce necessity?

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Words popularity by usage frequency

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#7888fate
#8620prerequisite
#9247destiny
#9308necessity
#14966imperative
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#16399requisite
#29276fatality
#30283extremity
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#210874indigence
#265185indispensability

How to use necessity in a sentence?

  1. John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

    Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder. (To Canadian Parliament)

  2. Connor Schell:

    Some of that's strategic, some of it's out of necessity, we made a conscious effort on Sunday nights with SportsCenter to continue the experience... If we can hold that viewer's attention for another hour, that's what a programmer aspires to do.

  3. Brad Glosserman:

    The Japanese are more anti-militarist than pacifist, they're prepared to accept the necessity of self-defense.

  4. Joan Didion:

    When we start deceiving ourselves into thinking not that we want something or need something, not that it is a pragmatic necessity for us to have it, but that it is a moral imperative that we have it, then is when we join the fashionable madmen, and then is when the thin whine of hysteria is heard in the land, and then is when we are in bad trouble.

  5. Francis Quarles:

    Use law and physic only for necessity. They that use them otherwise abuse themselves into weak bodies and light purses. They are good remedies, bad businesses, and worse recreations.

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