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1.Economics: Good or service (such as food, water, medical attention) whose consumption is essential to human survival, or which is considered indispensable for maintaining a certain minimum standard-of-living.
2.Law: Circumstance that compels a course of action. A legal defense may succeed where a lesser damage or harm was caused out of necessity to prevent a greater damage or harm, and the action taken was reasonable under the circumstances.

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