What does necessary mean?

Definitions for necessaryˈnɛs əˌsɛr i

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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"


  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

  7. Origin: [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.]

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


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anaïs Nin:

    Dreams are necessary to life.

  2. Suzanne Maloney:

    Those theatrics were necessary.

  3. Martin Sheen:

    He lacks the necessary stability.

  4. Sindiswa Matyobeni:

    Service is not easy but necessary

  5. Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire:

    The superfluous is very necessary.

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