Meaning of NECESSARY in English


Pronunciation: ' ne-s ə - ˌ ser- ē

Function: adjective

Etymology: Middle English necessarie, from Latin necessarius, from necesse necessary, probably from ne- not + cedere to withdraw ― more at NO

Date: 14th century

1 a : of an inevitable nature : INESCAPABLE b (1) : logically unavoidable (2) : that cannot be denied without contradiction c : determined or produced by the previous condition of things d : COMPULSORY

2 : absolutely needed : REQUIRED

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.