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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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