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

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Wiktionary4.0 / 4 votes

  1. necessitynoun

    Antonyms:
    contingency, possibility

  2. necessitynoun

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

    Antonyms:
    contingency, luxury, possibility

  3. necessitynoun

    Antonyms:
    possibility, contingency, luxury

  4. necessitynoun

    Antonyms:
    contingency, possibility, luxury

  5. necessitynoun

    Antonyms:
    luxury, contingency, possibility

  6. necessitynoun

    Antonyms:
    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.

    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 Antonyms4.0 / 1 vote

  1. necessity

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

    Antonyms:
    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

    Synonyms:
    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"

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

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Dictionary of English Synonymes0.0 / 0 votes

  1. necessitynoun

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

  2. necessitynoun

    Synonyms:
    indispensableness, indispensability, inevitableness

  3. necessitynoun

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

  4. necessitynoun

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words3.0 / 1 vote

  1. necessitynoun

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

    Antonyms:
    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

    Synonyms:
    See Medical necessity

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How to use necessity in a sentence?

  1. John Milton:

    Where there is much desire to learn, there of necessity will be much arguing, much writing, many opinions for opinions in good men is but knowledge in the making.

  2. Vicente Lim:

    Necessity is the mother of invention. Danger is the father of preparation.

  3. Microsoft President Brad Smith:

    Right now, there is not a Chinese competitor for in the PC operating system space, is it really in the United States' economic interest to create not only an incentive, but the necessity to go create a Chinese operating system ? Because once it's created, it will compete with us around the world.

  4. William James:

    Only necessity understood, and bondage to the highest is identical with true freedom.

  5. Emma Goldman:

    Merely external emancipation has made of the modern woman an artificial being. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free.


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