nec·es·sar·i·ly | \ˌne-sə-ˈser-ə-lē \

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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the argument that the existence of the universe necessarily implies the existence of an all-powerful being responsible for creating it

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Average is a mathematical construct that describes a condition that does not necessarily exist in nature any particular year. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "There's no such thing as 'average' Kentucky weather. And trees hate that," 13 July 2018 Come playoff time, Melo would not necessarily have a significant role. Rohan Nadkarni,, "With His OKC Era Waning, Carmelo Anthony Must Pick Between Two Clear Free-Agency Paths," 6 July 2018 At the same time, the Unifi line doesn’t necessarily have the feature breadth or the enterprise-grade support structure to compete at the higher end with the likes of Cisco/Meraki or Aruba or Juniper. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "What I’ve learned from nearly three years of enterprise Wi-Fi at home," 5 July 2018 Other June 26 Democratic winners did not necessarily have Ocasio-Cortez’ background as a Bernie Sanders organizer and membership in the Democratic Socialists of America. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "A Good Primary Night for Progressives," 27 June 2018 Prospect rankings are based on potential as college players, not necessarily on high school achievements: 1. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "IndyStar basketball recruiting rankings for Indiana's 2021 class," 26 June 2018 The draft does not necessarily have to be a deadline, though. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "As Kawhi drama lingers, Spurs face a leverage problem," 21 June 2018 Its characters, while full of history, don't necessarily have compelling arcs. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Hotel Artemis Is a Mean, Messy Action Movie You Need to See," 8 June 2018 The several hours of schooling every day, which might include a civics class in American history and laws, though not necessarily the ones that led to their incarceration., "A migrant child’s days in detention included cleaning toilets," 14 July 2018

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First Known Use of necessarily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of necessarily

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

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