by necessity

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Definition of by necessity

: because of conditions that cannot be changed The process is by necessity a slow one.

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“By necessity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/by%20necessity. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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