Necessitous Circumstances Law and Legal Definition

Necessitous circumstances refers to needy circumstances or extreme want. It is the situation of one who is very poor. It implies the direct pressure of suffering. . Necessaries of life include things absolutely unavoidable to human existence. Necessaries are the things needed for a person left with no support.

The term is explained in State v. Selberg, 21 Kan. App. 2d 610, 612 (Kan. Ct. App. 1995) as "needing the necessaries of life, and the necessaries of life cover not only primitive physical needs, things absolutely indispensable to human existence and decency, but those things also which are in fact necessary to the particular person having the right to demand support and maintenance”.