Necessaries Law and Legal Definition

Necessaries are essentials required for subsistence or survival. It includes all that is reasonably needed for maintaining a certain lifestyle. Necessaries depend on one's age, status, and the norms of a particular society. It includes medical attention and education.

The term 'necessaries' is not confined to merely such things as are required for a bare subsistence. It also includes those things without which the individual cannot reasonably exist, and which are useful and suitable, and necessary for his/her support, use, and comfort. The articles furnished must be actually necessary to the particular case, for use and substantial good, not mere ornament or pleasure. [Johnson v. Newberry, 267 S.W. 476, 479 (Tex. App. 1924)].