• The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite.
  • The condition of being needy; desperate need; lack.
  • Something necessary; a requisite; something indispensable.
  • Something which makes an act or an event unavoidable; an irresistible force; overruling power.
  • The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.
  • Greater utilitarian good; used in justification of a criminal act.
  • Indispensable requirements (of life).


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  • From Middle English necessite, from Old French necessite, from Latin necessitās, from necesse; see necessary.

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