noun (plural necessities)
- 1The fact of being required or indispensable: the necessity of providing parental guidance should be apparent the necessity for law and orderMore example sentences
- But the fact that the necessity for dialogue has to be stressed in the more than 50-year-old alliance shows how tense relations are in reality.
- This year there has been no necessity for farmers to choose between the census or the simplified systems.
- The necessity to have access to larger markets is absolutely crucial.
- 1.1Unavoidability: the necessity of growing oldMore example sentences
- On the level of the abstract theory of capital expansion and exploitation, it is not possible to argue for the inevitable necessity of the North-South divide.
- At this time thinking was dominated by Kant who had stated that Euclidean geometry is the inevitable necessity of thought.
- Like theoretical reasoning, practical reasoning seeks in a sense to demonstrate the necessity of certain actions.
- 1.2A state of things or circumstances enforcing a certain course: created more by necessity than designMore example sentences
- Of course, political necessity prevented the president from blurting the awkward truth that the nation is already running near-record deficits.
- Political ideology is the result of individuals making statements about the world based on theory, and in many cases, political necessity.
- It is driven by political necessity, and racial opportunism.
- 2An indispensable thing: a good book is a necessity when travelingMore example sentences
- These patients do not have even basic necessities such as clothes, soap and toothpaste.
- Health care is not a golf game, it's a human necessity.
- You drastically cut back on basic necessities such as food or travel to pay creditors.
- 3 Philosophy The principle according to which something must be so, by virtue either of logic or of natural law.More example sentences
- But since the Idea of Causation is a necessary condition of the very possibility of objective empirical knowledge, Newton's laws must share this necessity.
- Of necessity it must deal with a ruling class that owns the material means of extracting or distributing information, or with a producing class that extracts and distributes.
- The reaction of some to this whole exercise will be to say that it fortifies a dislike they had always had for natural necessity - even before it was relativised to a time.
- 3.1A condition that cannot be otherwise, or a statement asserting this.More example sentences
- The absolute necessity of the judgment is only a conditioned necessity of the thing, or of the predicate in the judgment.
- Whence the force of the second ‘not’, which I take to be more than just the assertion of a pragmatic necessity in the teeth of radical scepticism.
- Artists of this region have always created art out of a necessity that transcends the restrictive conditions imposed upon them.
necessity is the mother of invention
- • proverb When the need for something becomes imperative, you are forced to find ways of getting or achieving it.More example sentences
- As is the case around the world, necessity is the mother of invention and innovative cooking techniques developed to make the most of what the land could provide.
- If necessity is the mother of invention, Hurricane Katrina has forced some in this city to reinvent the way they do business.
- If necessity is the mother of invention, these nations are in a good position to innovate in discovering and deploying applications that are of value to rural populations.
- Unavoidably: to alleviate labor shortages employers will, of necessity, offer better deals for part-timersMore example sentences
- It is, of necessity, one that is inescapably based on discrimination and discernment.
- This must of necessity bring her office and the judiciary into disrepute.
- Whoever rejects it does, of necessity, fly to anarchy or to despotism.
late Middle English: from Old French necessite, from Latin necessitas, from necesse 'needful'.