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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"


  1. necessarynoun

    bathroom, toilet, loo

  2. necessaryadjective

    needed, required

  3. 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NECESSARYadjective

    Etymology: necessarius, Latin.

    All greatness is in virtue understood;
    ’Tis only necessary to be good. John Dryden, Aureng.

    A certain kind of temper is necessary to the pleasure and quiet of our minds, consequently to our happiness; and that is holiness and goodness. John Tillotson.

    The Dutch would go on to challenge the military government and the revenues, and reckon them among what shall be thought necessary for their barrier. Jonathan Swift, Miscel.

    No man can shew by any necessary argument, that it is naturally impossible that all the relations concerning America should be false. John Tillotson, Preface.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Necessaryadjective

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

  2. Necessaryadjective

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

  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

  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

  5. Necessarynoun

    a privy; a water-closet

  6. Necessarynoun

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

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


  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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  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. Bruce Jette:

    Based on feedback and proposals received from industry we have determined it is necessary to revisit the requirements, acquisition strategy and schedule before moving forward.

  2. Patientce Foster:

    Cardi was overzealous in getting back to work ; she didn't take the time necessary to fully recover from her surgery. Her strenuous schedule has taken a toll on her body and she has been given strict doctor's orders to pull out of the rest of her performances in May, she's very disappointed as she hates to let her fans down. She reassures them that she will see them in September.

  3. Lowman Henry:

    I would characterize that as a microcosm of this entire campaign, he's willing to roll up his sleeves and go out there and do the hard grass-roots work that is necessary to win delegates.

  4. The British experts:

    The necessary equipment will be sent to Thailand if electronic experts agree on the feasibility that it will operate over such depths.

  5. Paul Limburg:

    While more of the puzzle is being pieced together from a scientific perspective, it will still take years to conduct and complete the rigorous clinical research necessary to put these tests into everyday practice, one of the challenges to developing a blood test to detect early-stage cancers is that the bloodstream only has minute levels of tumor DNA.

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    directed outward; marked by interest in others or concerned with external reality
    • A. extroversive
    • B. foreordained
    • C. eloquent
    • D. eminent

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