necessity

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necessity

1. Philosophy
a. a condition, principle, or conclusion that cannot be otherwise
b. the constraining force of physical determinants on all aspects of life
2. Logic
a. the property of being necessary
b. a statement asserting that some property is essential or statement is necessarily true
c. the operator that indicates that the expression it modifies is true in all possible worlds.
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9 Cranch) 71, 76 (1815) (finding insufficient evidence for defense of necessity where ship had to sail for the West Indies to preserve cargo and protect lives of crew); Brig James Wells v.
2001) (explaining that a defense of necessity suggests the justification of an otherwise unlawful act where balancing of evils averts a greater harm).
Whereas in the Alkmaar case the court held that the defense of necessity in the sense of "conflict of duties" was available to a doctor charged under Article 293, in its decision of 1988 the courts went further and accepted that the defense of necessity in the sense of "psychological compulsion" experienced by the doctor was also available.

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