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Meaning of NECESSARY

Pronunciation:  'nesi`seree

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  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. [adj]  unavoidably determined by prior circumstances; "the necessary consequences of one's actions"
  3. [adj]  absolutely essential
 

NECESSARY is a 9 letter word that starts with N.

 

 Synonyms: essential, essential, indispensable, inevitable, necessity, needed, needful, obligatory, required, requirement, requisite, requisite
 
 Antonyms: inessential, nonessential, unnecessary, unneeded
 
 See Also: desideratum, entity, need, physical thing, want

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Nec"es*sa*ry\, a. [L. necessarius, from necesse
    unavoidable, necessary; of uncertain origin: cf. F.
    n['e]cessaire.]
    1. Such as must be; impossible to be otherwise; not to be
       avoided; inevitable.
    
             Death, a necessary end, Will come when it will come.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    2. Impossible to be otherwise, or to be dispensed with,
       without preventing the attainment of a desired result;
       indispensable; requiste; essential. ``'T is necessary he
       should die.'' --Shak.
    
             A certain kind of temper is necessary to the
             pleasure and quiet of our minds.      --Tillotson.
    
    3. Acting from necessity or compulsion; involuntary; --
       opposed to {free}; as, whether man is a necessary or a
       free agent is a question much discussed.
    
    
  2. \Nec"es*sa*ry\, n.; pl. {Necessaries}.
    1. 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.
    
    2. A privy; a water-closet.
    
    3. pl. (Law) Such things, in respect to infants, lunatics,
       and married women, as are requisite for support suitable
       to station.
    
    
 
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