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 Dictionary entry overview: What does necessity mean? 

  The noun NECESSITY has 2 senses:

1. the condition of being essential or indispensable
2. anything indispensable

  Familiarity information: NECESSITY used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1necessity [BACK TO TOP]


The condition of being essential or indispensable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("necessity" is a kind of...):

demand; need (a condition requiring relief)


necessary (absolutely essential)

unnecessary; unneeded (not necessary)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "necessity"):

requisiteness (the state of being absolutely required)

urgency (the state of being urgent; an earnest and insistent necessity)

Sense 2necessity [BACK TO TOP]


Anything indispensable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)


essential; necessary; requisite; necessity; requirement

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("necessity" is a kind of...):

thing (a separate and self-contained entity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "necessity"):

desideratum (something desired as a necessity)

must (a necessary or essential thing)

need; want (anything that is necessary but lacking)

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