necessities

necessaries, necessities
Both words are well attested in the meaning ‘the basic physical requirements of life, including food, warmth, and shelter’:

• I gathered up what few necessaries I could quickly lay my hands on —tobacco and papers, coffee, a can to cook in, and a couple of tin cups —R. J. Conley, 1986

• Very little ordinarily percolates to the level of the vast mass of Muslims that is not concerned with their immediate necessities —Contemporary Review, 2003.


Modern English usage. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • necessities — index necessary, sustenance Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 necessities …   Law dictionary

  • Necessities — Necessity Ne*ces si*ty, n.; pl. {Necessities}. [OE. necessite, F. n[ e]cessit[ e], L. necessitas, fr. necesse. See {Necessary}.] 1. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • necessities — See necessities, necessaries …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • necessities — necessity …   Philosophy dictionary

  • necessities — ne ces·si·ty || nɪ sesÉ™tɪ n. essential; indispensability; obligation; need, requirement; poverty …   English contemporary dictionary

  • necessities — See necessaries …   Black's law dictionary

  • necessities — See necessaries; necessity …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • necessities — [plural noun] essentials, exigencies, fundamentals, needs, requirements …   Useful english dictionary

  • necessities of life — index maintenance (support of spouse) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • necessities, necessaries — These terms apply to items or matters considered essential, necessary, requisite, or at least important: the necessities (or necessaries) of shelter and food. Necessities is the stronger and more generally used of the two, except perhaps in some… …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

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