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  1. need, demand, requirement, exigency, indispensability, needfulness • There is agreement on the necessity of reforms.
  2. essential, need, necessary, requirement, fundamental, requisite, prerequisite, sine qua non (Latin), desideratum, want, must-have • Water is a basic necessity of life.
  3. inevitability, certainty, inexorability, ineluctability, shoo-in (US & Canadian), inexorableness, unavoidability, unavoidableness • the ultimate necessity of death
  4. poverty, need, privation, penury, destitution, extremity, indigence • They were reduced to begging through economic necessity.
  5. essential, need, requirement, fundamental, exigency, indispensable • They sometimes had to struggle to pay for necessities.

'necessity' in Other Languages

  • British English: necessityPronunciation for necessity Necessity is the need to do something.Most people work from economic necessity.nɪˈsɛsɪtɪ NOUN
  • Arabic: ضَرُورَةٌPronunciation for ضَرُورَةٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: necessidadePronunciation for necessidade
  • Chinese: 必要性Pronunciation for 必要性
  • Croatian: nužnostPronunciation for nužnost
  • Czech: nutnostPronunciation for nutnost
  • Danish: nødvendighedPronunciation for nødvendighed
  • Dutch: noodzaakPronunciation for noodzaak
  • European Spanish: necesidadPronunciation for necesidadcosa
  • Finnish: välttämättömyysPronunciation for välttämättömyys
  • French: nécessitéPronunciation for nécessité
  • German: NotwendigkeitPronunciation for Notwendigkeit
  • Greek: αναγκαιότηταPronunciation for αναγκαιότητα
  • Italian: necessitàPronunciation for necessità
  • Japanese: 必要性Pronunciation for 必要性
  • Korean: 필요성Pronunciation for 필요성
  • Norwegian: nødvendighetPronunciation for nødvendighet
  • Polish: potrzebaPronunciation for potrzeba
  • Portuguese: necessidadePronunciation for necessidade
  • Romanian: necesitate necesități
  • Russian: необходимостьPronunciation for необходимость
  • Spanish: necesidadPronunciation for necesidad
  • Swedish: nödvändighetPronunciation for nödvändighet
  • Thai: ความจำเป็นPronunciation for ความจำเป็น
  • Turkish: gereklilikPronunciation for gereklilik
  • Ukrainian: необхідність
  • Vietnamese: sự cần thiếtPronunciation for sự cần thiết


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