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Definition of Necessity


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

Necessity Quotations

I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me - like food or water.
Ray Charles

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.
Ayn Rand

They might not need me; but they might. I'll let my head be just in sight; a smile as small as mine might be precisely their necessity.
Emily Dickinson

The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
Niccolo Machiavelli

We don't even know how strong we are until we are forced to bring that hidden strength forward. In times of tragedy, of war, of necessity, people do amazing things. The human capacity for survival and renewal is awesome.
Isabel Allende
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Necessity Translations

necessity in Dutch is noodzaak, noodzakelijkheid
necessity in Portuguese is necessidade
necessity in Spanish is nesesidad, necesidad
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