necessity etymology

English word necessity comes from Latin -ius, Latin cedo, French nécessiter (To call for. To require.)

Detailed word origin of necessity

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
-ius Latin (lat) Genitive suffix for some irregular pronouns. Forming adjectives from nouns.
cedo Latin (lat) (intransitive) I am inferior to, yield to in rank.. (intransitive) I disappear, pass away, vanish.. (intransitive) I go, move, proceed, go along, move along.. (intransitive) I result, turn out, happen.. (intransitive) I withdraw, depart, retire, go away from.. (intransitive, military) I withdraw, fall back, give up my post.. (intransitive, with dative or in +acc.) I fall (to) (as a [...]
nécessiter French (fra) To call for. To require.
necesse Latin (lat) Inevitable. Necessary; needed. Unavoidable, particularly:.
necessitas Latin (lat) (figuratively) fate, destiny. (in the plural) necessities, necessary things or expenses. Necessity, need, unavoidableness, compulsion, exigency.
necessite Old French (fro)
nécessité French (fra) Necessity; need.
necessite Middle English (enm)
necessity English (eng) (legal) Greater utilitarian good; used in justification of a criminal act.. (legal, in the plural) Indispensable requirements (of life).. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite.. Something necessary; a requisite; something indispensable.. Something which makes an act or an event unavoidable; an irresistible force; overruling power. The condition of [...]

Words with the same origin as necessity

Descendants of -ius
battery college conscience council custody desire evidence force office officer official provide quality review robbery television territory trace union unit vice video view vision visit
Descendants of cedo
accessible accessory ancestor ancestral cease concede concession exceed grotesque necessary precedent predecessor procedure proceed process processed procession succeed success successful succession