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necessities

[ nuh-ses-i-tee ]SEE DEFINITION OF necessities

Synonyms for necessities

  • essential
  • fundamental
  • obligation
  • precondition
  • prerequisite
  • requirement
  • urgency
  • call
  • cause
  • claim
  • compulsion
  • demand
  • desideratum
  • duress
  • essence
  • exaction
  • exigency
  • godsend
  • imperative
  • indispensability
  • inevitability
  • inexorableness
  • must
  • necessary
  • pinch
  • privation
  • requisite
  • stress
  • vitals
  • want
  • life or death
  • needfulness
  • no alternative
  • no choice
  • sine qua non
  • undeniability
  • vital part
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Antonyms for necessities

  • auxiliary
  • extra
  • trivia
  • desire
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NECESSITIES

You will never find us taking advantage of the necessities of the public.

It came from the furnace of the Revolution, tempered to the necessities of the times.

It was not difficult to find a lawyer suited to the necessities of the undertaking.

Remember the interpositions of God to supply the necessities of the destitute.

Comforts, even most desirable comforts, are not necessities.

Her own wants, her own necessities, had no place in her thoughts.

The necessities, the emergencies of the times and of the hour did it.

What our ancestors considered as luxuries we now regard as necessities.

I leave the rest to God, whom I have ever found propitious to me in my necessities.

Now the first and greatest of necessities is food, which is the condition of life and existence.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "constraining power of circumstances," from Old French necessité "need, necessity; privation, poverty; distress, torment; obligation, duty" (12c.), from Latin necessitatem (nominative necessitas) "compulsion, need for attention, unavoidableness, destiny," from necesse (see necessary). Meaning "condition of being in need" in English is from late 15c.

To maken vertu of necessite is in Chaucer. Related: Necessities.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR NECESSITIES

bread

noundaily food
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