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necessity

NECESSITY, n.

1. That which must be and cannot be otherwise, or the cause of that which cannot be otherwise. It is of necessity that a thing cannot be and not be at the same time. It is of necessity that two contradictory propositions cannot both be true.

2. Irresistible power; compulsive force, physical or moral. If mans actions are determined by causes beyond his control, he acts from necessity, and is not a free agent. Necessity compelled the general to act on the defensive.

3. Indispensableness; the state of being requisite. The necessity of funds to support public credit, no man questions. The necessity of economy in domestic concerns is admitted. No man can plead necessity in excuse for crimes.

4. Extreme indigence; pinching poverty; pressing need.

The cause of all the distractions in his court or army proceeded from the extreme poverty and necessity his majesty was in.

5. Unavoidableness; inevitableness; as the necessity of a consequence from certain premises.

6. In the plural, things requisite for a purpose.

These should be hors for necessities, Not for delights.



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NECESSITY, n.

1. That which must be and cannot be otherwise, or the cause of that which cannot be otherwise. It is of necessity that a thing cannot be and not be at the same time. It is of necessity that two contradictory propositions cannot both be true.

2. Irresistible power; compulsive force, physical or moral. If mans actions are determined by causes beyond his control, he acts from necessity, and is not a free agent. Necessity compelled the general to act on the defensive.

3. Indispensableness; the state of being requisite. The necessity of funds to support public credit, no man questions. The necessity of economy in domestic concerns is admitted. No man can plead necessity in excuse for crimes.

4. Extreme indigence; pinching poverty; pressing need.

The cause of all the distractions in his court or army proceeded from the extreme poverty and necessity his majesty was in.

5. Unavoidableness; inevitableness; as the necessity of a consequence from certain premises.

6. In the plural, things requisite for a purpose.

These should be hors for necessities, Not for delights.

NE-CES'SI-TY, n. [L. necessitas.]

  1. That which must be and can not be otherwise, or the cause of that which can not be otherwise. It is of necessity that a thing can not be and not be at the same time. It is of necessity that two contradictory propositions can not both be true.
  2. Irresistible power; compulsive force, physical or moral. If man's actions are determined by causes beyond his control, he acts from necessity, and is not a free agent. Necessity compelled the general to act on the defensive.
  3. Indispensableness; the state of being requisite. The necessity of funds to support public credit, no man questions. The necessity of economy in domestic concerns is admitted. No man can plead necessity in excuse for crimes.
  4. Extreme indigence; pinching poverty; pressing need. The cause of all the distractions in his court or army proceeded from the extreme poverty and necessity His Majesty was in. Clarendon.
  5. Unavoidableness; inevitableness; as, the necessity of a consequence from certain premises.
  6. In the plural, things requisite for a purpose. These should be hours for necessities, / Not for delights. Shak.

Ne*ces"si*ty
  1. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness.
  2. The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want.

    Urge the necessity and state of times. Shak.

    The extreme poverty and necessity his majesty was in. Clarendon.

  3. That which is necessary; a necessary; a requisite; something indispensable; -- often in the plural.

    These should be hours for necessities,
    Not for delights.
    Shak.

    What was once to me
    Mere matter of the fancy, now has grown
    The vast necessity of heart and life.
    Tennyson.

  4. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality.

    So spake the fiend, and with necessity,
    The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds.
    Milton.

  5. The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism.

    Of necessity, by necessary consequence; by compulsion, or irresistible power; perforce.

    Syn. -- See Need.

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Necessity

NECESSITY, noun

1. That which must be and cannot be otherwise, or the cause of that which cannot be otherwise. It is of necessity that a thing cannot be and not be at the same time. It is of necessity that two contradictory propositions cannot both be true.

2. Irresistible power; compulsive force, physical or moral. If mans actions are determined by causes beyond his control, he acts from necessity and is not a free agent. necessity compelled the general to act on the defensive.

3. Indispensableness; the state of being requisite. The necessity of funds to support public credit, no man questions. The necessity of economy in domestic concerns is admitted. No man can plead necessity in excuse for crimes.

4. Extreme indigence; pinching poverty; pressing need.

The cause of all the distractions in his court or army proceeded from the extreme poverty and necessity his majesty was in.

5. Unavoidableness; inevitableness; as the necessity of a consequence from certain premises.

6. In the plural, things requisite for a purpose.

These should be hors for necessities, Not for delights.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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