Definition of necessity is the mother of invention in English:

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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.
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.
Synonyms
source, origin, genesis, fountainhead, inspiration, stimulus
literary wellspring
See parent entry: necessity
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