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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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Synonyms & Antonyms for necessarily



  • 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 The specifics aren't all necessarily there as far as takeaways. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, 22 July 2021 Character development and snappy dialogue aren’t necessarily the hallmarks of a good horror movie. Joey Morona, cleveland, 22 July 2021 The selloff itself isn’t necessarily odd, because the spread of the Delta variant has eroded recovery hopes. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 22 July 2021 However, some experts and researchers say these devices aren't necessarily the best way to keep Japanese beetles at bay. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 21 July 2021 This isn’t necessarily the end of the road for Gibb, however. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 July 2021 There isn’t necessarily one obvious frontrunner this season. Lydia Wang,, 20 July 2021 Removing the name of a Catholic missionary from the name of a public school in the U.S. is not necessarily anti-Catholic. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 July 2021 When schools close suddenly or engage in deceptive practices, student loan borrowers, including parents, aren’t necessarily on the hook to repay their debt. Nerd Wallet, oregonlive, 19 July 2021

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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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24 Jul 2021

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“Necessarily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jul. 2021.

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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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