of necessity

of ne·ces·si·ty
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uhv, ov nuh-ses-i-tee]
    • /ʌv, ɒv nəˈsɛs ɪ ti/
    • /əv nəˈses.ɪ.ti/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uhv, ov nuh-ses-i-tee]
    • /ʌv, ɒv nəˈsɛs ɪ ti/

Definitions of of necessity words

  • noun plural of necessity something necessary or indispensable: food, shelter, and other necessities of life. 1
  • noun plural of necessity the fact of being necessary or indispensable; indispensability: the necessity of adequate housing. 1
  • noun plural of necessity an imperative requirement or need for something: the necessity for a quick decision. 1
  • noun plural of necessity the state or fact of being necessary or inevitable: to face the necessity of testifying in court. 1
  • noun plural of necessity an unavoidable need or compulsion to do something: not by choice but by necessity. 1
  • noun plural of necessity a state of being in financial need; poverty: a family in dire necessity. 1

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Origin of of necessity

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; Middle English necessite < Latin necessitās, equivalent to necess(e) needful + -itās -ity

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Parts of speech for Of necessity


of necessity popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 92% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

of necessity usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for of necessity

adv of necessity

  • as a matter of course — If you do something as a matter of course, you do it as part of your normal work or way of life.
  • automatically — without volition or from force of habit; mechanically: Whenever I hear that song, I automatically think of my dad.
  • axiomatically — pertaining to or of the nature of an axiom; self-evident; obvious.
  • by definition — If you say that something has a particular quality by definition, you mean that it has this quality simply because of what it is.
  • cardinally — of prime importance; chief; principal: of cardinal significance.

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