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ne·ces·si·ty

 (nə-sĕs′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. ne·ces·si·ties
1.
a. The condition or quality of being necessary.
b. Something necessary: The necessities of life include food, clothing, and shelter.
2.
a. Something dictated by invariable physical laws.
b. The force exerted by circumstance.
3. The state or fact of being in need.
4. Pressing or urgent need, especially that arising from poverty.
Idiom:
of necessity
As an inevitable consequence; necessarily.

[Middle English necessite, from Old French, from Latin necessitās, from necesse, necessary; see necessary.]
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Adv.1.of necessity - in such a manner as could not be otherwise; "it is necessarily so"; "we must needs by objective"
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References in classic literature ?
The straight warp of necessity, not to be swerved from its ultimate course --its every alternating vibration, indeed, only tending to that; free will still free to ply her shuttle between given threads; and chance, though restrained in its play within the right lines of necessity, and sideways in its motions directed by free will, though thus prescribed to by both, chance by turns rules either, and has the last featuring blow at events.
The problem is that regarding man as a subject of observation from whatever point of view- theological, historical, ethical, or philosophic- we find a general law of necessity to which he (like all that exists) is subject.
They say this, not at all suspecting that thousands of years ago that same law of necessity which with such ardor they are now trying to prove by physiology and comparative zoology was not merely acknowledged by all the religions and all the thinkers, but has never been denied.
If men descended from the apes at an unknown period of time, that is as comprehensible as that they were made from a handful of earth at a certain period of time (in the first case the unknown quantity is the time, in the second case it is the origin); and the question of how man's consciousness of freedom is to be reconciled with the law of necessity to which he is subject cannot be solved by comparative physiology and zoology, for in a frog, a rabbit, or an ape, we can observe only the muscular nervous activity, but in man we observe consciousness as well as the muscular and nervous activity.
I, too, imagine that since he is going away, there is no sort of necessity for Count Vronsky to come here.
"No sort of necessity," she thought, "for a man to come and say good-bye to the woman he loves, for whom he was ready to ruin himself, and has ruined himself, and who cannot live without him.
Next to things of necessity, the rule for a gift, which one of my friends prescribed, is that we might convey to some person that which properly belonged to his character, and was easily associated with him in thought.
In that event the Law, dealing with it as a matter of necessity, divides it into two equal portions.
THERE is no such beast as the law of necessity in constitutional law.
He covers consumer society and necessity; rethinking Arendt's theory of necessity and freedom: the ordinary and extraordinary; approaching the human and freedom; sovereignty and heterology in George Bataille's version of necessity and freedom; humans and animals: way of life as transcendence; the moment of death; the human as technics: technicity and Way of Life; Levinas, the absolute other, and humanness; and ways of life--not bare life: being as acting.
Talking to journalists in Accountability Court Captain (R) Safdar said if a programme is chalked out to bring him back then a new law of necessity will emerge.
It must be stated from the outset that the 'Doctrine of Necessity' is not expressly contained in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.