necessary


necessary
necessary [nes′ə ser΄ē]
adj.
[ME < L necessarius < necesse, unavoidable, necessary < ne-, not + cedere, to give way: see CEDE]
1. that cannot be dispensed with; essential; indispensable [the nutriments necessary to life]
2. resulting from necessity; inevitable [a necessary result]
3.
a) that must be done; mandatory; not voluntary
b) not free to choose; compelled by circumstances [a necessary agent]
4. inherent in the situation; undeniable; unavoidable from the premises
5. Archaic rendering some essential and intimate service
n.
pl. necessaries
1. a necessary thing; thing essential to life, some purpose, etc.often used in pl.
2. Dial. a privy or toilet
3. [pl.] Law those things essential to maintaining a dependent or incompetent in comfort and well-being
SYN.- ESSENTIAL

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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