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Origin: OE. Necessite, F. Necessite, L. Necessitas, fr. Necesse. See Necessary.

1. The quality or state of being necessary, unavoidable, or absolutely requisite; inevitableness; indispensableness.

2. The condition of being needy or necessitous; pressing need; indigence; want. Urge the necessity and state of times. (Shak) The extreme poverty and necessity his majesty was in. (Clarendon)

3. That which is necessary; a necessary; a requisite; something indispensable; often in the plural. These should be hours for necessities, Not for delights. (Shak) What was once to me Mere matter of the fancy, now has grown The vast necessity of heart and life. (Tennyson)

4. That which makes an act or an event unavoidable; irresistible force; overruling power; compulsion, physical or moral; fate; fatality. So spake the fiend, and with necessity, The tyrant's plea, excused his devilish deeds. (milton)

5. (Science: psychology) The negation of freedom in voluntary action; the subjection of all phenomena, whether material or spiritual, to inevitable causation; necessitarianism. Of necessity, by necessary consequence; by compulsion, or irresistible power; perforce.

Synonym: See need.

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unbalanced gender ratios of offspring

and why do you think there is necessity to produce more males?

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by JackBean
Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:09 am
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: unbalanced gender ratios of offspring
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Re: unbalanced gender ratios of offspring

... jackbean. i've never considered that before! it is plausible but then again if that were the reason, there isn't really much of a link between the necessity to produce more males and the ability to do so. it would be more of a naturally occurring phenomenon. i'm still pretty puzzled over the relationship ...

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Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:27 pm
Forum: Human Biology
Topic: unbalanced gender ratios of offspring
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Ecology qustion

A catastrophic drop in population is the prime factor. This of necessity always precedes extinction. If a species has suffered such a decline you look first for environmental factors as a cause. If there has been no dramatic change in the environment ex ...

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by animartco
Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Ecology
Topic: Ecology qustion
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Things that cause cancer (in modern humans who live longer)

... than cancer. Indeed, we haven't been farming animals for milk for very long, but we already see genetic differences in places where milk was a necessity. In those people, the enzyme lactase is present beyond childhood.

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by wildfunguy
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:30 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Things that cause cancer (in modern humans who live longer)
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Are evolution and creationism mutually exclusive???

... this null hypothesis into a formal scientific prediction: “No non trivial algorithmic/computational utility will ever arise from chance and/or necessity alone.”

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by jinx25
Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:32 pm
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Are evolution and creationism mutually exclusive???
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