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I thought 'providence' might work, but it doesn't seem to quite fit the bill. The sentence I'm trying to complete is:

"Needs are those things that preserve life, health, home, and [word-goes-here]."

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To provide fiscally, you need a job, so maybe: Needs are those things that preserve life, health, home, and employment. Or "ability to provide" is a common enough phrase (42 million hits on Google): Needs are those things that preserve life, health, home, and the ability to provide. –  JLG Oct 12 '12 at 16:25
    
Employment is not necessarily needed to be able to provide fiscally. E.g., the very wealthy that live off investment interest. Maintaining that interest-bearing principle would be just as much a need to them as a job would be to us pleebs. I'm definitely looking to define the ability itself - not the specific means that provide it. –  Felix T. Katt Oct 12 '12 at 18:11
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You could go with something like "Needs are those things that preserve life, health, home and

  • financial stability
  • solvency
  • the ability to provide (as @JLG said)
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I like 'solvency'. That's, I think, the closest to what I'm looking for. –  Felix T. Katt Oct 12 '12 at 18:05
    
@FelixT.Katt FYI, solvency is defined as having assets in excess of liabilities; **able to pay one’s debts**. It is also financial jargon that will very likely not be understood by the layman. –  coleopterist Oct 12 '12 at 18:51
    
@coleopterist - it's pretty standard English here. Definitely not technical jargon :-) –  Rory Alsop Oct 12 '12 at 20:52
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Doesn't the cliché go something along the lines of health, wealth and happiness? My suggestions would be:

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