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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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#183need
#254want
#1105necessary
#1829demand
#1909emergency
#2131essential
#3277requirement
#7888fate
#8620prerequisite
#9247destiny
#9308necessity
#14966imperative
#16157urgency
#16399requisite
#29276fatality
#30283extremity
#37799compulsion
#115959exigency
#210874indigence
#265185indispensability

How to use necessity in a sentence?

  1. Karl Marx:

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

  2. Tanguy Van Overstraeten:

    The whole data transfer system would be impacted and could impact the global economy, there are alternatives to the standard clauses, including the derogations set out in the GDPR such as consent, contractual necessity and others but they are strictly interpreted and difficult to apply in practice.

  3. Mariana Fulger:

    Missing is the cry, the necessity for more than you are.

  4. Ernest Renan:

    As soon as sacrifice becomes a duty and necessity to mankind. I see no limit to the horizon which opens before him.

  5. Margaret Mead:

    Mothers are a biological necessity; fathers are a social invention.


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