necessity

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necessity /nɪˈsɛsəti/ noun
plural necessities
necessity
/nɪˈsɛsəti/
noun
plural necessities
Learner's definition of NECESSITY
[count] : something that you must have or do : something that is necessary
[noncount] formal : the quality of being necessary usually + of or for

by necessity

or out of necessity
: because of conditions that cannot be changed

make a virtue (out) of necessity

see virtue

necessity is the mother of invention

see 1mother

of necessity

formal
used to say that something must happen or must be the way it is
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