"necessity" Definition

  1. n. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness.
  2. n. The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want.
  3. n. That which is necessary; a necessary; a requisite; something indispensable; -- often in the plural.
  4. n. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality.
  5. n. The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.

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Position in dictionary: 65292 of 111710 words.
Word Type: n., n., n., n., n.,
Words that start with "necessity": 1
Words that end with "necessity": 3
Words that contain "necessity": 3
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English Dictionary Definition of necessity

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