a) The state or characteristic of being in need; neediness.

It had been of all things the most harassing and wearying—a life of dreary necessitude—a perpetual struggle with debt.

b) A circumstance or event which is necessary or unavoidable, especially because it is a requirement of a social role or natural state of affairs.

Even if she could have faced life without him, she could not go through it all again, the bankruptcy and shame and necessitude.

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