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  • n. necessary or indispensable items


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  • "Yes," said Wright, "but long enough for an accident; how I do like necessaries;" adding, in an undertone, as he pulled his wife along, something about "enough for _tavern debts_, but nothing to buy _necessaries_."

    Select Temperance Tracts

  • Into this pit the women dragged bedding, food, and all sorts of necessaries from the wagons.

    Chapter 13

  • He has pointed out that certain necessaries of life, such as tea and coffee, are taxed.

    Empire Conditions and Imperial Defence

  • When we dine out, to/[Page 12]/see as much money expended on a dessert of fruit (for no use but to give people a colic) as would keep us in necessaries for two or three weeks!

    Letters and Memorials of Jane Welsh Carlyle

  • The commanding officer, Major -- afterwards General -- Heintzelman, issued the regulation allowance of emigrant rations, which were very grateful to men who had been living for some time without what are usually called the necessaries of life.

    Building a State in Apache Land

  • The articles or forms of consumption to which the consumer clings with the greatest tenacity are commonly the so-called necessaries of life, or the subsistence minimum.

    The theory of the leisure class; an economic study of institutions

  • The Monastery ought, if possible, to be so constructed as to contain within itself all necessaries, that is, water, a mill, a garden, and a bakehouse; also that the various crafts be exercised within it, so that there be no occasion for Monks to go abroad, because it is in no wise expedient for their souls.

    The Life of Our most Holy Father S. Benedict

  • That is, producing things or doing things which -- though useful and necessary to the Imbecile System -- cannot be described as the necessaries of life or the benefits of civilization.

    The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

  • Their protection creates a claim for some kind of tribute, in the shape of supplies of food and necessaries, which is usually given with great good will and gratitude; but when withheld, is enforced as a right.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Year after year what are called the necessaries of life increase.

    The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Volume VIII. Interviews


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