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Definition of necessarily

1 : of necessity : unavoidably The audience was necessarily small. This endeavor necessarily involves some risk.
2 : as a logical result or consequence … a holocaust is a disaster, but a disaster is not necessarily a holocaust.— Harry Shaw

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  • unnecessarily
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Examples of necessarily in a Sentence

the argument that the existence of the universe necessarily implies the existence of an all-powerful being responsible for creating it
Recent Examples on the Web In an interview with EW, executive producer Ian Brennan tells the origin story of this origin story, and how viewers shouldn't necessarily be so scared of the woman in the white cap. Lynette Rice,, "Ratched producer explains how they brought pop culture's worst nurse to the small screen," 18 Sep. 2020 Moving the iron against that sort of head wind is necessarily slow going. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1989 Cadillac Allanté vs. Mercedes-Benz 560SL," 17 Sep. 2020 That is not necessarily the number of cases in schools in that particular public school district, since the boundaries encompass public, private, parochial and homeschools. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The health department is investigating COVID-19 cases at 16 schools in Washington and Ozaukee counties," 17 Sep. 2020 Church lawyers also assert that their clients’ ability to cover current liabilities isn’t necessarily permanent. Ramon Antonio Vargas | Staff Writer,, "People claiming to be victims of New Orleans clergy sex abuse must come forward by March 1: judge," 17 Sep. 2020 His versatility gives the Tigers plenty of options, but that's not necessarily what the 28-year-old wants. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Inside Detroit Tigers' move of Niko Goodrum second base: 'It's their decision'," 17 Sep. 2020 The views expressed in this opinion piece do not necessarily reflect those of Religion News Service. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Commentary: Pope Francis’ new papal encyclical could be derailed by its seemingly sexist title," 8 Sep. 2020 This water is regulated, but those regulations date from the 1980s and thus are relatively lenient and don't necessarily reflect the technology currently in use. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "EPA issues new rules on coal plant pollution," 1 Sep. 2020 This column does not necessarily reflect the opinion of Bloomberg LP and its owners. Gernot Wagner,, "Cities Hold the Key to a Low-Carbon Economy," 29 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of necessarily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of necessarily was in the 14th century

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21 Sep 2020

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“Necessarily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of necessarily

formal used to say that something is necessary and cannot be changed or avoided

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