[nuh-ses-i-tuh s] /nəˈsɛs ɪ təs/
destitute or impoverished; needy; indigent:
to aid a necessitous young mother.
being essential or unavoidable:
a necessitous discharge of responsibilities.
requiring immediate attention or action; urgent:
the necessitous demands of the oil shortage.
very needy; destitute; poverty-stricken
[nuh-ses-i-tood, -tyood] /nəˈsɛs ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud/ noun, Archaic. 1. .
- Necessity is the mother of invention
A need or problem encourages creative efforts to meet the need or solve the problem. This saying appears in the dialogue Republic, by the ancient Greek philosopher Plato. Inventiveness and ingenuity are stimulated by difficulty. For example, The first prisoner to tie together bedsheets to escape knew that necessity was the mother of invention. This […]
[nuh-ses-i-tee] /nəˈsɛs ɪ ti/ noun, plural necessities. 1. something or indispensable: food, shelter, and other necessities of life. 2. the fact of being or indispensable; indispensability: the necessity of adequate housing. 3. an imperative requirement or need for something: the necessity for a quick decision. 4. the state or fact of being or inevitable: to […]
[nuh-chah-koh] /nəˈtʃɑ koʊ/ noun 1. a river in central British Columbia, Canada, flowing NE and E to the Fraser river. About 150 miles (240 km) long.