Meaning of NECESSARY in English

I. ˈne-sə-ˌser-ē adjective

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

Date: 14th century


a. : of an inevitable nature : inescapable


(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

II. noun

( plural -sar·ies )

Date: 14th century

: an indispensable item : essential

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