Necessity

Ne*ces"si*ty

(?), n.;
pl. Necessities (#).
[OE. necessite, F. ncessit, L. necessitas, fr. necesse. See Necessary.] 1. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness.
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2. The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want.
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Urge the necessity and state of times.
Shak.
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The extreme poverty and necessity his majesty was in.
Clarendon.
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3. That which is necessary; a necessary; a requisite; something indispensable; -- often in the plural.
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These should be hours for necessities,
Not for delights.
Shak.
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What was once to me
Mere matter of the fancy, now has grown
The vast necessity of heart and life.
Tennyson.
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4. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality.
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So spake the fiend, and with necessity,
The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds.
Milton.
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5. (Metaph.) The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.
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Of necessity, by necessary consequence; by compulsion, or irresistible power; perforce.
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Syn. -- See Need.
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