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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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

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Those pieces, while architecturally striking, aren’t necessarily fit for the streets of Los Angeles—you’d be hard-pressed to find someone dressed in something that fussy on a sunny day in the City of Angels. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "In Her New Music Video, Kelsey Lu’s Wardrobe Is Even More Stunning Than the L.A. Landscape," 9 Nov. 2018 The organization defines a mass shooting as an event in which four or more people, excluding the shooter, are shot but not necessarily killed in a similar time and place. German Lopez, Vox, "He survived the Las Vegas mass shooting. Then he died in the Thousand Oaks, California, shooting.," 9 Nov. 2018 But even though e-cigarette companies tout vapes as alternatives to cigarettes, this dramatic drop in smoking isn’t necessarily because of a rise in vaping. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Cigarette smoking hits a low in the US, but don’t thank vapes for it," 8 Nov. 2018 Page administrators aren't necessarily buying into Facebook's logic. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Facebook's Fake News Problem Isn't Russian Anymore—It's Homegrown," 12 Oct. 2018 But shallow gene pools don’t necessarily spell doom for a species. Robbie George, National Geographic, "Rule to Allow Hunting Could Doom Rare Red Wolves," 29 June 2018 Not necessarily so, said Jennifer Donahue, the top spokeswoman for the Supreme Judicial Court. Joshua Miller,, "If it’s 8 a.m., the most powerful people in Mass. are checking this Twitter account (and no, it’s not @realDonaldTrump)," 14 June 2018 Not necessarily says Sanjay Dhar, a managing director at Accenture who worked on the report. Klint Finley, WIRED, "Does It Matter If China Beats the US to Build a 5G Network?," 6 June 2018 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

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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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