Definitions for necessaryˈnɛs əˌsɛr i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

nec•es•sar•y*ˈnɛs əˌsɛr i(adj.; n.)(pl.)-sar•ies.

  1. (adj.)essential, indispensable, or requisite:

    a necessary part of the motor.

  2. happening or existing by necessity; unavoidable:

    a necessary change in our plans.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. acting or proceeding from compulsion or necessity; involuntary.

  4. Logic. (of a proposition) such that a denial of it involves a self-contradiction. (of an inference or argument) such that its conclusion cannot be false if its supporting premises are true. (of a condition) such that it must exist if a given event is to occur or a given thing is to exist.

    Category: Philosphy

    Ref: Compare sufficient (def. 2). 2

  5. (n.)something necessary or requisite; necessity.

  6. Chiefly New Eng. a privy or toilet.

    Category: Dialect

* Syn: necessary , requisite , indispensable , essential indicate something that cannot be done without. necessary refers to something needed for existence, for proper functioning, or for a particular purpose: Food is necessary for life. Sugar is a necessary ingredient in this recipe.requisite refers to something required for a particular purpose or by particular circumstances: She has the requisite qualifications for the job.indispensable means absolutely necessary to achieve a particular purpose or to complete or perfect a unit: He made himself indispensable in the laboratory.essential refers to something that is part of the basic nature or character of a thing and is vital to its existence or functioning: Water is essential to life.

Origin of necessary:

1300–50; ME < L necessārius unavoidable, inevitable, needful


Princeton's WordNet

  1. necessity, essential, requirement, requisite, necessary(adj)

    anything indispensable

    "food and shelter are necessities of life"; "the essentials of the good life"; "allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions"; "a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained"

  2. necessary(adj)

    absolutely essential

  3. necessary(adj)

    unavoidably determined by prior circumstances

    "the necessary consequences of one's actions"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. necessary(adjective)ˈnɛs əˌsɛr i

    needed or essential

    We gathered the necessary supplies.; It is not necessary to explain everything.; Is it necessary for everyone to be there?; If necessary, we'll take her to the hospital.

  2. necessaryˈnɛs əˌsɛr i

    unable to be avoided; = inevitable

    Suffering is a necessary part of the human experience.

  3. necessaryˈnɛs əˌsɛr i

    sth you do not like that you must accept

    Work is a necessary evil for most of us.


  1. necessary(Noun)

    bathroom, toilet, loo

  2. necessary(Adjective)

    needed, required

  3. Origin: From necessarye, from necessaire, from necessarius, from necesse, neuter adjective with esse and habeo, probably originating from ne cessum or non cessum, from ne + cessus, perfect passive participle of cedo; see cede.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Necessary(adj)

    such as must be; impossible to be otherwise; not to be avoided; inevitable

  2. Necessary(adj)

    impossible to be otherwise, or to be dispensed with, without preventing the attainment of a desired result; indispensable; requiste; essential

  3. Necessary(adj)

    acting from necessity or compulsion; involuntary; -- opposed to free; as, whether man is a necessary or a free agent is a question much discussed

  4. Necessary(noun)

    a thing that is necessary or indispensable to some purpose; something that one can not do without; a requisite; an essential; -- used chiefly in the plural; as, the necessaries of life

  5. Necessary(noun)

    a privy; a water-closet

  6. Necessary(noun)

    such things, in respect to infants, lunatics, and married women, as are requisite for support suitable to station


  1. Necessary

    "Necessary" is a song by Japanese j-pop group Every Little Thing, released as their tenth single on September 30, 1998.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'necessary' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #503

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'necessary' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1047

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'necessary' in Adjectives Frequency: #59

Translations for necessary

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


needed; essential

Is it necessary to sign one's name?; I shall do all that is necessary.

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