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(1)   Anything indispensable
"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"
(2)   The condition of being essential or indispensable


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  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.
    Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. - Tenzin Gyatso
  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.

Related terms

  • necessitate
  • necessitation

  • necessitousness
  • necessitude