nec·​es·​sar·​i·​ly | \ ˌne-sə-ˈser-ə-lē How to pronounce necessarily (audio) \

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

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 My belief is Bogaerts wants a contract that is fair given how the landscape has changed for shortstops, not necessarily a record-setter. Peter Abraham,, 1 Oct. 2022 Conditions may have improved on film sets, but not necessarily — or not only — because of lessons learned. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Sep. 2022 The Lakers need to find the best fits — not necessarily the most talent — to play with James, Davis and Westbrook. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 29 Sep. 2022 So with a not necessarily dominant, but still wide range of women interested in maintaining their hair’s unaltered state, why the willingness to embrace relaxers again? Brooklyn White, Essence, 29 Sep. 2022 Thirteen years ago, James Cameron’s 3-D epic shook the industry—not necessarily for the better. David Sims, The Atlantic, 28 Sep. 2022 The young take up the most space online, by cultural volume if not necessarily by actual numbers. WIRED, 27 Sep. 2022 Jackson can carry this team with his legs, but not necessarily with his arm. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 26 Sep. 2022 Alicia Garcia-Herrero, chief economist for Asia Pacific at Natixis, says it’s not necessarily a single event or even the chorus of community and business voices that motivated Hong Kong’s government to finally drop the quarantine requirements. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 23 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of necessarily

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Oct 2022

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“Necessarily.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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