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ˈnɛs əˌsɛr inec·es·sary

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. necessary(Noun)

    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. necessary(Adjective)

    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. Necessary(adj)

    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. Necessary(adj)

    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. 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

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

  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

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

  5. Necessary(noun)

    a privy; a water-closet

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

  6. Necessary(noun)

    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

    To be just and right.

    It was necessary to change the government notice and give instructions for business to remain open.

    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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How to say necessary in sign language?

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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. Helen Vice:

    It's necessary to have an inclusive approach to HIV prevention, civil society needs a place at the policy table. Diversity is important. Equal rights is about inclusive access to treatment.

  2. Keiichiro Kobayashi:

    It's necessary to take steps to make people feel safe by strengthening testing and isolation capabilities.

  3. President Danny Jones:

    It is an unfortunate pause that we're going to need to take, but it's necessary.

  4. Reinhold Niebuhr:

    Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.

  5. The Justice Department:

    The South Carolina Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation has opened an investigation concurrent with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division and are providing aid as necessary to the state investigation, the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division and the South Carolina U.S. Attorney's Office will work with the FBI in the investigation.

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