What does necessary mean?

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ˈnɛs əˌsɛr inec·es·sa·ry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. necessity, essential, requirement, requisite, necessaryadjective

    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. necessaryadjective

    absolutely essential

  3. necessaryadjective

    unavoidably determined by prior circumstances

    "the necessary consequences of one's actions"

Wiktionary

  1. necessarynoun

    bathroom, toilet, loo

    Etymology: 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.

  2. necessaryadjective

    needed, required

    Etymology: 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. Necessaryadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. necessarius, from necesse unavoidable, necessary; of uncertain origin: cf. F. ncessaire.]

  2. Necessaryadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. necessarius, from necesse unavoidable, necessary; of uncertain origin: cf. F. ncessaire.]

  3. Necessaryadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. necessarius, from necesse unavoidable, necessary; of uncertain origin: cf. F. ncessaire.]

  4. Necessarynoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. necessarius, from necesse unavoidable, necessary; of uncertain origin: cf. F. ncessaire.]

  5. Necessarynoun

    a privy; a water-closet

    Etymology: [L. necessarius, from necesse unavoidable, necessary; of uncertain origin: cf. F. ncessaire.]

  6. Necessarynoun

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

    Etymology: [L. necessarius, from necesse unavoidable, necessary; of uncertain origin: cf. F. ncessaire.]

Freebase

  1. Necessary

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Necessary

    nes′es-sar-i, adj. that must be: that cannot be otherwise: unavoidable: indispensable: under compulsion: not free.—n. that which cannot be left out or done without (food, &c.)—used chiefly in pl.: a privy.—ns. Necessā′rian, one who holds the doctrine of necessity; Necessā′rianism, the doctrine that the will is not free, but subject to causes without, which determine its action.—adv. Nec′essarily.—n. Nec′essariness, the state or quality of being necessary.—Necessary truths, such as cannot but be true. [Fr.,—L. necessarius.]

Editors Contribution

  1. necessary

    A just and right requirement.

    It is necessary to comply with the government guidelines to ensure we all continue to the moment we have optimum health on planet earth with our collective agreement that it is the priority.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2020  

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

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of necessary in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of necessary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of necessary in a Sentence

  1. Zhang Yi:

    In the future exports will basically see negative growth, but it is not necessary to be too pessimistic. It should be within -10%, imports are subject to greater uncertainty, depending on the recovery of domestic market demand and the implementation of the Phase 1 agreement between China and the United States.

  2. Sara Hossain:

    While a medical examination is necessary to look at hurt and injury, this kind of test, with these conclusions, doesn't prove anything at all.

  3. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop:

    The establishment of an international criminal tribunal ... would send a clear message that the international community will not tolerate acts that threaten international peace and security by endangering civil aviation, a tribunal established by the Council would ensure broad international support for prosecutions and would maximise the prospects of securing international cooperation, which will be necessary for an effective prosecution.

  4. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies they are ready enough to tell them.

  5. Josefina Vidal:

    In our view it's not necessary to put it all in one package because if, for example, in a few weeks we receive some satisfactory notification in regards to the matter of Cuba's removal from the terrorist list, I think we will be ready to then begin talking about how to formalize the re-establishing of relations.

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