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English noun: necessity

1. necessity (state) the condition of being essential or indispensable


Broader (hypernym)demand, need


Narrower (hyponym)requisiteness, urgency


Attributenecessary, unnecessary, unneeded

2. necessity (object) anything indispensable


SamplesFood 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.


Synonymsessential, necessary, requirement, requisite


Broader (hypernym)thing


Narrower (hyponym)desideratum, must, need, want


Antonymsinessential, nonessential









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