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NECESSARY

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does necessary mean? 

NECESSARY (noun)
  The noun NECESSARY has 1 sense:

1. anything indispensable

  Familiarity information: NECESSARY used as a noun is very rare.


NECESSARY (adjective)
  The adjective NECESSARY has 2 senses:

1. absolutely essential
2. unavoidably determined by prior circumstances

  Familiarity information: NECESSARY used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


NECESSARY (noun)


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Meaning:

Anything indispensable

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

essential; necessary; requisite; necessity; requirement

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms ("necessary" is a kind of...):

thing (a separate and self-contained entity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "necessary"):

desideratum (something desired as a necessity)

must (a necessary or essential thing)

need; want (anything that is necessary but lacking)


NECESSARY (adjective)


Sense 1necessary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Absolutely essential

Similar:

needed; needful; required; requisite (necessary for relief or supply)

incumbent (necessary (for someone) as a duty or responsibility; morally binding)

essential; indispensable (absolutely necessary; vitally necessary)

obligatory (required by obligation or compulsion or convention)

Also:

essential (basic and fundamental)

obligatory (morally or legally constraining or binding)

indispensable (not to be dispensed with; essential)

Attribute:

necessity (the condition of being essential or indispensable)

Antonym:

unnecessary (not necessary)


Sense 2necessary [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unavoidably determined by prior circumstances

Context example:

the necessary consequences of one's actions

Similar:

inevitable (incapable of being avoided or prevented)


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