Character 9
Hyphenation nec es sa ry
Pronunciations /ˈnɛsəsɹɪ/

Definitions and meanings of "Necessary"

What do we mean by necessary?

Needed or required: synonym: indispensable. adjective

Unavoidably determined by prior conditions or circumstances; inevitable. adjective

Logically inevitable. adjective

Required by obligation, compulsion, or convention. adjective

Something indispensable. noun

Such as must be; that cannot be otherwise.

Such that it cannot be disregarded or omitted; indispensable; requisite; essential; needful; required: as, air is necessary to support animal life; food is necessary to nourish the body.

In law:

Requisite for reasonable convenience and facility or completeness in accomplishing the purpose intended: as, the land necessary for building a railroad.

Naturally and inseparably connected in the ordinary course: as, necessary consequences.

Acting from compulsion or the absolute determination of causes: opposed to free. See free.

Synonyms Necessary, Essential, Requisite, Needful. The following remarks refer to the application of the words to ordinary practical affairs, not to philosophy. Necessary is so general a word that it covers all the others, and has the additional sense, which they do not have, of inevitable. Essential is an absolute word, noting that which is a part of the chief end of the action, or of every mode of bringing that end about. Requisite is less strong than essential, and needful is less strong still; yet each is strong and emphatic, applying to that which is imperatively needed. Needful generally applies to concrete, and often to temporary, things: as, knowledge of the countries visited is requisite, and even essential, to enjoyment of travel, but money is needful in order to be able to travel at all. Needful is often applied to that which must be supplied to produce or effect a perfect state or action.

Anything that is necessary or indispensable; that which cannot be disregarded or omitted: as, the necessaries of life. noun

A privy; a water-closet. noun

Such as must be; impossible to be otherwise; not to be avoided; inevitable. adjective

Impossible to be otherwise, or to be dispensed with, without preventing the attainment of a desired result; indispensable; requisite; essential. adjective

Acting from necessity or compulsion; involuntary; -- opposed to free. adjective

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. noun

A privy; a water-closet. noun

(usually with the definite article) A place to do the "necessary" business of urination and defecation: an outhouse or lavatory.

Synonyms and Antonyms for Necessary

The word "necessary" in example sentences

Prayer as the highest that can be lived on earth, telling Martha that activity, even in the most necessary duties, was not after all the best use to which time and love could be put, but rather that _Mary had chosen the best part ... the one thing that is necessary_, and that it ❋ Robert Hugh Benson (1892)

It is not necessary absolutely that any man should continue to live; but it is necessary _morally_ that, if he would continue to live, he should eat and sleep, food and rest being, according to the established constitution of Nature, a _necessary condition_ or indispensable means for the support of life. ❋ James Buchanan (1837)

She kept telling me that I could have it (the necessary procedure) done as an in-patient procedure and then I could just be sterilized "while we're in there" at the same time, and it wouldn't hurt (as opposed to having the * necessary* procedure done in-office that she assured me would really hurt). ❋ Unknown (2009)

It is, we think, impossible to compare the sentence which prohibits a State from laying “imposts, or duties on imports or exports, except what may be absolutely necessary for executing its inspection laws, ” with that which authorizes Congress “to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution” the powers of the general government, without feeling a conviction that the convention understood itself to change materially the meaning of the word “necessary, ” by prefixing the word “absolutely. ❋ Unknown (1909)

And yet, as it was necessary to appoint a certain day, in order that the people might know when they should assemble, the _Christian church_, (not the apostles,) has up appointed Sunday (the Lord's day) for this purpose; and to this change she was the more inclined and willing, that the people might have an example of Christian _liberty_, and might know that _the observance of neither the Sabbath nor any other day is necessary_. ❋ Unknown (1836)

"Well," went on the other nervously, "I want you to speak for me, if necessary -- _if necessary_, you understand? ❋ Robert Hugh Benson (1892)

And I use the term necessary because this generation has a very narrow definition of necessary. ❋ Unknown (2009)

The term necessary being can be understood in different ways. ❋ Reichenbach, Bruce (2008)

For the one part contends that the term necessary should not be used concerning the new obedience, for that this flows not from any necessity or constraint, but from a voluntary spirit. ❋ Unknown (1889)

But the other part judges that the term necessary should by all means be retained, inasmuch as this obedience is not left to our mere will, and therefore is not free, but that regenerate men are bound to render such service. ❋ Unknown (1889)

He says the continental body lacks what he described as the necessary tools to decisively deal with conflicts on the continent. ❋ Unknown (2011)

Maryland 1819 in which the word "necessary" in Article I, Section 8's Necessary and Proper Clause was found to mean not really necessary, but something akin to convenient. ❋ Unknown (2011)

Dina said Ethiopia had been forced to take what he called "necessary measures" because the threat from Eritrea had intensified. ❋ Unknown (2011)

Tens of thousands of protesters have demonstrated for two weeks against Walker's collective bargaining proposal, which he calls necessary to free local governments from having to bargain with public employee unions as they deal with the cuts he'll outline Tuesday. ❋ Unknown (2011)

For example, Christine Korsgaard (1996) maintains that reasons derive from the demands of autonomy, or being regulated by stable principles that define ones 'self, which she identifies as a necessary condition for acting at all. ❋ Finlay, Stephen (2008)

And also, Lou, we'd like you thoughts on this sweeping proposal put forward by Secretary Paulson and the Bush administration today on what they call a necessary and the most dramatic overhaul of financial regulation since the Great Depression. ❋ Unknown (2008)

Our answers on that coming up when she joins me to talk about Iraq and what she calls the necessary impeachment of George Bush. ❋ Unknown (2007)

The city governments must bear the burden: The National League of Cities, which supports the use of eminent domain as what it calls a necessary tool of urban development, has identified the issue as the most crucial facing local governments this year. ❋ Ann Althouse (2006)

Not to be hypersensitive on the subject, but was this label necessary? ❋ Unknown (2005)

Cross Reference for Necessary

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