Ne*ces"si*ty (?), n.; pl.
Necessities (#). [OE. necessite, F.
nécessité, L. necessitas, fr.
necesse. See Necessary.] 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
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, Shak.
Not for delights.
What was once to me
Mere matter of the fancy, now has grown
The vast necessity of heart and life.
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.
5. (Metaph.) The negation of freedom
in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether
material or spiritual, to inevitable causation;
Of necessity, by necessary consequence; by
compulsion, or irresistible power; perforce.
Syn. -- See Need.