Necessities of Life

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Necessities of Life

Things one requires to avoid death. Examples include food, sleep, shelter and clothing. Most necessities of life require money to purchase them. Jobs, investments and even insurance can be utilized to pay for the necessities of life. See also: Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Activities of daily living.
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Technology that was more popular when respondents were younger was more likely to be viewed as a necessity of life whereas older people were more likely to think a television and a landline was more important than an MP3 player or a mobile phone.
Consider a fate familiar to artists of the former Eastern bloc, where, as Ilya Kabakov writes, art was once "a necessity of life, not a professional activity" but has now lost its "place in life," to the extent it has gained the autonomy promised by the West.
It was generally the function of the mother to teach the young child to read, and because reading had become a necessity of life by the early nineteenth century, women as mothers, teachers, writers, and readers became important to the development of American literature in the period between 1780 and 1850.
To those Californians who depend on the automobile as a necessity of life, and virtually everyone does, this is of critical importance to each individual family's well-being.
The need for consolation is absolutely prior to both aesthetic and ethical judgment; the sense of being cared for is a fundamental necessity of life.
Not only did I have transportation, but also a potential source of air conditioning - a necessity of life even in late summer.
It is clear that basic medical care is as much a necessity of life to indigent people as welfare assistance.
To state the obvious: Water is a necessity of life and the ability to tax it without restraint and send the bill to owners gives the city the power to destroy the private rental housing industry here.
The public maintained that soft, white bread was a necessity of life.
In a state where an automobile is a necessity of life, this tax - up to several hundred dollars per year - punishes people across the spectrum, particularly the working poor.
The council finds that Oahu's drinking water is a vital necessity of life and should be maintained free of any chemical additives, except those necessary to make it safe and potable for human consumption.