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

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  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 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.

    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 Antonyms

  1. necessity

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

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

Princeton's WordNet

  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 Synonymes

  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 Words

  1. necessitynoun

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

    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

    See Medical necessity

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How to use necessity in a sentence?

  1. Jack Lew:

    Puerto Rico is at a moment of necessity and crisis.

  2. Pablo Picasso:

    Work is a necessity for man. Man invented the alarm clock.

  3. Scott Lout:

    If we’re doing the same work 20 years on, it’s no longer acceptable for anyone, even if the necessity requires it.

  4. G. I. Gurdjieff:

    Self-observation brings man to the realization of the necessity of self-change. And in observing himself a man notices that self-observation itself brings about certain changes in his inner processes. He begins to understand that self-observation is an instrument of self-change, a means of awakening.

  5. James Fenimore Cooper:

    It is a misfortune that necessity has induced men to accord greater license to this formidable engine, in order to obtain liberty, than can be borne with less important objects in view; for the press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.

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