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necessity

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of necessity

  1. 1 something necessary, indispensable, or unavoidable <on any road trip, accurate maps are a necessity> Synonyms condition, demand, must, must-have, necessary, essential, need, needful, requirement, requisite, sine qua nonRelated Words precondition, prerequisite; advantage, edge, plus; desideration, desideratum, wishNear Antonyms amenity, comfort, extra, extravagance, frill, indulgence, luxury, superfluity, surplus, surplusageAntonyms nonessential, nonnecessity

  2. 2 the state of lacking sufficient money or material possessions <two years of unemployment had reduced the family to abject necessity> Synonyms beggary, destituteness, destitution, impecuniosity, impecuniousness, impoverishment, indigence, poverty, need, neediness, pauperism, penuriousness, penury, poorness, wantRelated Words gutter, misery, woe, wretchedness; exigency; emergency, rainy day; austerity, deprivation, privation; bankruptcy, insolvency; belt-tightening, pinching, straiteningNear Antonyms luxury, prosperityAntonyms affluence, opulence, richness, wealth, wealthiness





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