Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun neediness

2 senses of neediness

Sense 1
privation, want, deprivation, neediness -- (a state of extreme poverty)
       => poverty, poorness, impoverishment -- (the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions)

Sense 2
neediness -- (the quality of needing attention and affection and reassurance to a marked degree; "he recognized her neediness but had no time to respond to it")
       => quality -- (an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare)

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