Sunscreen is an absolute necessity for the beach.
food, clothes, and other basic necessities
Getting plenty of rest is a necessity.
Without a car, living close to work is a necessity.
All we took with us on our hiking trip were the bare necessities.
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Middle English necessite, from Anglo-French necessité, from Latin necessitat-, necessitas, from necesse