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Part of speech: Noun

The state or quality of being absolutely needed or indispensable; that which is unavoidable or which cannot be done without; compulsion; extreme poverty.

Usage examples "necessity":
  • But he added, as if not quite satisfied, " Cruel necessity!" - "The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the Abolition of the African Slave Trade by the British Parliament (1808), Vol. I", Thomas Clarkson.
  • This also was a necessity to a nature like his. - "The Chautauqua Girls At Home", Pansy, AKA Isabella M. Alden.
  • Because I cannot help it: it is a moral necessity of my being. - "Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion based on Psychology and History", Auguste Sabatier.