I need X. So, I can say:

My need to X.

But, I don't need Y. How can I say that sentence using the opposite of the noun "need". For example what can be put in the blank in the following sentence.

My ... to Y.

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    To be honest I don't even fully understand what you are asking. Am I missing something?
    – Kace36
    Jul 18, 2017 at 23:19
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    Is X a verb, like we need to talk? I might need to breathe, but I want to laugh. Jul 18, 2017 at 23:19
  • @Sasan - There is not an exact antonym for 'need' (as you are using the word). Jul 19, 2017 at 0:01
  • When asking for opposites, please say what is being contrasted.
    – Lawrence
    Jul 19, 2017 at 0:01
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    "lack of need" isn't a single word, but maybe it works. My "lack of need" to eat. Wordy. "Because I didn't need to X" might work too. Those aren't single-words.
    – Tom22
    Jul 19, 2017 at 0:56

3 Answers 3


"My need to X" is incoherent. I think you mean "My need of X".

There is no word that precisely means "lack of need". The closest I can think of is

"My indifference to Y"

but that has other meanings as well.

"My independence from Y"

is another possibility.

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    Couldn't you refer to "my need to eat" or "my need to apply for the job".
    – Tom22
    Jul 18, 2017 at 23:20
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    Yes, but that's with an infinitive, "to eat" or "to apply" . Sasan said "I don't need Y", which makes Y a noun (phrase)
    – Colin Fine
    Jul 20, 2017 at 15:55

If I take your example "I need X" instead of "My need to X", then the word you are looking for is a verb.

What comes to mind is "dispense with". It is close to @Colin Fine's "indifference", but perhaps more proactive.


"I need water, I dispense with food".

The Free Grammar Dictionary gives the following definition and examples: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/dispense+with

dispense with 1. Manage without, forgo, as in We can dispense with the extra help. Shakespeare had this idiom in Timon of Athens (3:2): "Men must learn now with pity to dispense." [c. 1600] 2. Get rid of, do away with, as in The European Union is trying to dispense with tariff barriers. [Late 1500s] 3. Exempt one from a law, promise, or obligation, as in He asked the court to dispense with swearing on the Bible. This usage originally applied to religious obligations (to which the Pope granted dispensation). [Early 1500s]

If, however, I take your example of "My need to X", then quite honestly I have no idea.



An adequate amount of something, especially of something essential. ODO

"My sufficiency of good food".

BTW, I like Colin's answer too.

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